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Asefi calls on int'l community to confront states owning nuclear weapons

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 7, IRNA
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday called on the international community on Sunday to confront the countries possessing nuclear weapons.

Talking to domestic and foreign media in his weekly briefing, he said that Iran does not use nuclear technology for military purposes.

He underlined that the technology is rather used for peaceful purposes, adding that no deviation from peaceful path has ever taken place.

Concerning claims of US President George Bush in defending democracy, he said, "We believe that the US president talks more about democracy, given his intention to conceal the way he himself was elected."
Giving an example of Bush's disrespect for the slogan of democracy, namely the White House's anxieties about the victory of Hamas in Palestine, he said they expected the Palestinian election turn out differently.

He said that the US pressure on the Palestinian people and its growing support for Israel is a sign of the confusion of US administrators.

In response to a question about the concern of the officials of some regional states on the safety of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, he said that during their visits to these countries, Iranian officials have assured their counterparts that there is no cause for such concerns, given that the safety of the plant has been verified by the UN.

Asked to comment about the recent changes in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the British Foreign Ministry, he said recent replacements in CIA show the extent of adventurism of the American neo-conservatists that even CIA agents failed to compete with them and therefore had to be replaced.

Replying to a question on whether the British foreign secretary was removed from office because of his opposition to attack Iran, he said that this is merely a media speculation.

Expressing his reluctance to talk about the issue, he said, "The British people certainly are against the policies of Prime Minister Tony Blair which are based on blindly pursuing US policies.


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