No organization, body can ignore Iran's N-rights: Asefi
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, May 17, IRNA
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Wednesday that no organization or establishment has the power to deny Iran's nuclear rights.
Asefi's remarks were made in reaction to a joint statement issued by the European Union and Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC).
Foreign ministers of PGCC countries and the EU held their 16th session in Brussels on Monday.
"The nuclear program of the Islamic Republic of Iran is transparent and peaceful and based on the country's rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)," Asefi said.
"Iran has taken several confidence-building measures. The proposal made by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the last session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York for a consortium (with foreign governments or private companies) on Iran's nuclear activities was the best and most plausible means of building confidence," Asefi said.
"Tehran believes negotiation is the only solution to the current crisis and will support efforts to resolve the case through diplomatic channels and the legal rights of the country based on international treaties" and not threats used by certain powers which are not constructive, he added.
"The world expects such sessions (EU-PGCC) to focus on the Zionist regime's danger and its depots of weapons of mass destruction as well as the increasing suffering of Palestinians under the Zionist regime, which shows no reluctance in continuing its crimes." He said the session did not discuss the issue of the three Iranian islands -- Lesser and Greater Tunbs and Abu Musa.
"There is no doubt the three islands belong to Iran," Asefi added.
He recalled that talks held with officials of the United Arab Emirates to remove certain misunderstandings emanating from the memorandum of understanding signed in 1971 focused only on Abu Musa.
"As we have already told EU officials, interference by third parties and statements which point to a refusal to show goodwill by either side will not help remove misunderstandings," Asefi said.
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