Diplomat: Iran's policy based on a WMD-free world
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, May 22, IRNA
Iran's ambassador to Kazakhstan, Ramin Mehman-parast, said Monday that Iran seeks a world free from weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Talking to reporters in the Kazakh capital of Almaty, he said that proliferation of WMD is detrimental to the global community and voiced Iran's call for a world free of such weapons.
"Iran's religious principles are against proliferation of any type of nuclear weapons. Besides, our country neither needs such weapons, nor intends to produce them," he added.
The Iranian diplomat said that Iran will not give up its right to access nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
"Some Western states are determined to prevent development of peaceful nuclear technology in Iran through pressure and threat.
"This is while Iran is among the first group of states which signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its nuclear activities are conducted in accordance with it under the supervision of the UN nuclear watchdog," he added.
Mehman-parast said that according to NPT, the countries having access to nuclear technology are obliged to assist other NPT member states in producing nuclear energy.
Turning to the proposal of some Western states to Iran for suspension of its uranium enrichment process, he said, "Any proposal respecting our right to access nuclear technology for peaceful purposes will be acceptable.
"Young Iranian scientists have managed to enrich uranium to the level of 4.8 percent for generation of nuclear power. Iran is a member of the nuclear club," he concluded.
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