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Asefi: Iran not pursuing an aggressive policy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 7, IRNA
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Sunday that the Islamic Republic of Iran does not pursue any aggressive policy.

Asefi made the remark while addressing domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press conference.

"We have already declared that we never take the first step to attack any country," he said, adding that but "if our territory is targeted, we will defend it with full strength."
From the early days of the Islamic Revolution, Iran never expressed willingness to target any country, he said, adding however that such a willingness has been always expressed Iran's enemies.

Referring to the Zionist regime's attacks on Palestine and Lebanon, he said this regime has openly threatened to use force and if the Americans are against such threats as they claim then why they would not confront these threats and have kept mum.

He said Iran's foreign minister is to visit Bahrain on Monday, hoping that the visit would leave a positive impact on expansion of ties between the two sides.

Referring to the upcoming visit of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Indonesia beginning on Tuesday, he said the Iranian president is to attend the D-8 summit in Bali.

On recent remarks made by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Iran's attacks on its dissident Kurds, he said Iran has always respected Iraq's territorial integrity. However, he made it clear that the Iraqi foreign minister has implicitly refuted such an allegation.

Iran's foreign policy like many other countries is based on collective approach and avoiding extremism, he said.

Cooperation with other countries has always been on the country's agenda, he underlined.

Iran's policy has always been based on dialogue, confidence building and expansion of ties with other countries mainly the neighboring and Muslim stats, Asefi said.


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