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Iran's nuclear case tied to developing states' fate: Envoy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Pretoria, May 23, IRNA
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Iran's nuclear case is tied to the fate of developing states in terms of acquiring modern technologies, as a precondition for success of their development plans, Iran's Ambassador to South Africa, Mohammad-Ali Qane'zadeh said on Tuesday.

"The United States and nuclear powers do not want other countries to break their monopoly on nuclear technology because any success in this regard will pave the way for scientific and technical independence of other states," the envoy told IRNA.

"The plan to take out Iran's nuclear case from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is the main body to discuss peaceful nuclear activities, was a dangerous turning point which threatened efforts by independent peoples to make use of the technology in the future.

"Developing states should do their utmost to correct the diversion caused by nuclear powers and prevent strengthening of monopolistic policies of Western powers.

"The anti-Iran policies of the US and its allies, being pursued under pretext of Tehran's peaceful nuclear activities, have threatened credit of international treaties and reputable bodies and faced the world with danger of unilateral policies of hegemonic powers," he said.

Qane'zadeh added, "Iran has always acted based on its
commitments within the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the IAEA Safeguards. Currently, it does not make any demands beyond the framework set for the NPT signatories."
In response to those who called for Iran's confidence-building measures in the international community, he said, "Creation of an atmosphere of understanding and tranquility is the pre-condition for confidence-building measures.

"But the US prevents creation of such an atmosphere in the region through its hostile policies.

"Iran is always ready to hold talks to settle remaining issues related to its peaceful nuclear activities. It puts diplomacy on top of its foreign policy to remove ambiguities."
The ambassador pointed to the US hostile policies in the Middle East, saying, "Despite the US claims, the country's policies of establishing international security and fighting terrorism produced adverse consequences.

US military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan has increased bolstered terrorism in the region, he said, adding that the issue has overshadowed the prospects of global economy.

Any move which might exacerbate the current crisis in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region would leave dangerous impacts on world economy and security and this is why world countries cannot remain indifferent towards the issue, he said.

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