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Iran does not want war, door still open for negotiation: envoy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, May 2, IRNA
The Islamic Republic of Iran does not want war and is still ready to hold talks over its nuclear program, Iranian Ambassador to Denmark Ahmad Daniali said in an interview with the Danish `Politiken' newspaper.

"Although we are being threatened militarily, we are not pursuing war. We believe there is still a way for negotiation," the Iranian official said.

"History is a witness that we (Iranians) have never attacked another country. However, on the other side there are those countries which are threatening us now and have helped our enemies, among these the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, to assault us," he added.

Daniali warned against "dangerous adventurism" by certain countries in the Middle East region.

Iran's top diplomat in Copenhagen called on the United Nations Security Council to refrain from "supporting military threats." "The UN Security Counil is obliged to guarantee peace and should not support threats or attacks against us," Daniali stressed.

Alluding to a Middle East country which is a not signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty but has stockpiled some 200 nuclear warheads, the Iranian envoy said: "Such a country should be punished. How can the international community accept such
double standards?"
Daniali reaffirmed Tehran's intention to remain committed to its international nuclear obligations while urging the International Atomic Energy Agency to defend Iran's rights.

Referring to the hundreds of inspections on Iranian nuclear facilities by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the past few years, Daniali stressed that the UN watchdog had not found any evidence of nuclear material having been diverted for other than peaceful purposes.



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