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Asefi: Iran not interested in cold war with US

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 7, IRNA
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday said that Iran is not interested in involving itself in a cold war with the US.

Speaking to domestic and foreign media in this week's briefing session, he said it is rather the US which has entered into cold war with the entire world.

Turning to the literature of the US administration, he said that it does not agree with the language of logic.

"It is the US fault, given it has difficulty with all independent countries and has initiated cold war with the entire world," he added.

In response to a question about the proposal of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Iran-US direct talks about the nuclear issue and the US participation in Iran-EU3 talks, he said that these are his personal views.

Asefi referred to the US opposition to Iran's determination to seek independence and said that in principle, this artificial crisis is created by the US.

Stressing that there is no need for US presence in Iran-EU3 talks on the country's nuclear case, he said that the American
administration is not prepared to hold talks on an equal footing.

"The US has proved that it is unreasonable and that its policy is based on threats to make the world follow it," he added.

In reply to a question about the US claim on violation of human rights in Iran, he said that the US is not in a position to judge others.

He referred to the repeated human rights violations in the US and incidents such as those in Abu Ghraib Prison and said that the US and West make instrumental use of the human rights issue.

Concerning Iran's criteria on human rights, the spokesman said that based on Islamic teachings, human rights is always treated as a principle rather than a medium.

Saying that the human rights in the world is `relative', he said that when the human rights issues are discussed, `relativity' should also by taken into view.

"There might be deficiencies in Iran concerning human rights, but they can be assessed according to domestic strategies. The general meetings held by the head of judicial branch of power aim to solve any problem that may exist," he added.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman referred to cases of human rights violation in Western countries and their shortcomings in this respect and said that they are not in position to make judgments about others.


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