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MP: Majlis does not favor leaving NPT

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 6, IRNA
A lawmaker said on Saturday that the Majlis is not in favor of quitting Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty despite the objections to IAEA's performance.

"Despite objections about the IAEA's function, Majlis does not agree to leaving the NPT and if it had been in favor of it, the issue would have been raised at the Majlis open session in the form of a bill," said head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Ala'eddin Boroujerdi in an interview with IRNA here on Saturday.

Boroujerdi said the attitude of pulling out of the NPT is witnessed in different ranks of the society and is not exclusive to the Majlis.

"Of course one can not deprive individuals of freedom of opinion; all Iranian citizens are entitled to express and write their national and political points of view," he added.

The parliamentarian then stressed that Tehran is strongly against nuclear bomb for religious reasons.

"We are strongly against nuclear bomb due to our NPT commitments and on Islamic and religious grounds; our presence in NPT means commitment to the opposition," he noted.

He said that by protesting the US policies and the UN Security Council resolutions for violating Iranians' national rights, Tehran believes political measures should be adopted to protect the rights.

He said that the Majlis is sensitive towards the nuclear issue and thus far has ratified four approvals in that respect.

"It is important for lawmakers to be able to defend Iranians' rights as enshrined in the NPT," he added.

He added that it is necessary for the officialdom to use all legal means to guarantee the nation's rights in the nuclear domain given Americans' attempts, in defiance of international logic, to deprive the country of the rights.

Boroujerdi dismissed the UNSC's anti-Iran resolution 1737, saying it is judicially invalid, being adopted merely under the US' political pressure.

"... Since Iran's Majlis has approved NPT, it is a law for us; therefore, since the IAEA Chief M. ElBaradei has acknowledged that our activities fall within the NPT framework, the resolution 1737 lacks any legal ground too," he noted.

IAEA's confirmation that there is no diversion in Iran's nuclear activities serve as a good testimony to the peacefulness of the program, he added.

He said the UNSC had passed the anti-Iran resolution not based on diversion but based on possibility of diversion, which is

"The logic is announcing 'diversion' not 'possible diversion'. The hypothesis of `possible diversion' is exactly the political pressure exerted on ElBaradei and he too reflected the point in his report." Following an ambiguity on its nuclear activities and after ElBaradei's 1982 visit to Natanz, Iran suspended all its activities as a means for building confidence in the peacefulness of its activities, he added.

He said that ElBaradei too had in November 2004 and 2005 officially announced non-diversion in Iran's nuclear activities, which meant confidence in the country's activities.

He criticized the UN Security Council for its double standards and said the resolutions 242 and 338, issued against the Zionist regime of Israel, have gathered dust for years and have not been implemented for years.

"If the UNSC resolutions are binding, they should be implemented then; and if double-standard policy is to be observed, it should be said that it is in fact abusing the UNSC's power," he added.

He said the US should understand, accept and engage with 'nuclear Iran'.

"We have practically gained our rights and have nuclear fuel cycle in our possession; we extract uranium ourselves; we produce yellow cake and hexa fluoride uranium ourselves; we make centrifuges ourselves; we do the enrichment ourselves and the IAEA too has taken its samples and confirmed them; so, we are different from a country which has recently been pursuing nuclear technology; the West should understand this. I do not at all wish to compare Iran with North Korea because we are not at all after non-peaceful use of nuclear energy; I mean the way the UNSC deals with North Korea."

He reiterated that the West, especially the US, should accept the reality that Iran possesses nuclear technology and the way to face the reality is not political pressure, issuance of resolution and even military action.

Nuclear technology in Iran is indigenous and hundreds of nuclear scientists are involved in the field, so the science cannot be removed, he added.

"Our insistence to produce nuclear fuel ourselves is due to the experience we have gained through cooperation with westerners," he noted.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Boroujerdi said Tehran does not trust the West.

"The reality is that we do not trust the West; trust is a two-way street," he maintained.

He said sanctions is not the solution to the problem.

"We have been in sanctions over the past 27 years; our nuclear and missile technologies advanced during sanctions," said Boroujerdi, criticizing the US for having 110 nuclear power stations and for its plans to build 10 more such stations.

"I do not say that sanctions is a positive move; but that westerners think sanctions is an influential factor, they are mistaken; westerners should know that sanctions is a wrong shortcut; to set a balance, it should be softened," he announced.

He ruled out the assumption that Iran has no right to have fuel because it has no power plant.

He said Iran's Atomic Energy Organization has put construction of 20 power plants on tender. "If the West is sincere, it should contribute to the construction of the power plants."
He added that it is a question for Iran that westerners insist the country should not have nuclear knowledge.

"Sooner or later, our oil would be depleted and our future generation would have no fossil fuel."

He said the 'westerners' long-term strategy is based on making Iran dependent on themselves as they are today in need of our oil'.

The lawmaker said the claim that Iran can build power plant but should not produce nuclear fuel is 'illogical'.

He said Iran is determined to produce nuclear fuel due ot its capability to do so. "But as for its trade, I should say it is too soon to comment because we have not yet entered the industrial phase."

Boroujerdi said the plan for construction of a 360 megawatt nuclear power plant is studied at the joint committee of Energy Ministry and Iran's Atomic Energy Organization.

"We will definitely not wait for the West. When the first power plant is built by Iranian technicians, western companies would find out what has happened."

Asked to comment on the fate of Iran's nuclear case, regarding a 60-day deadline given after the UNSC anti-Iran resolution, the MP said Iran's nuclear case is intertwined with many developments and one can not judge easily about events in the coming months.

"One should wait and see what would be the result of political talks and consultations."

He said that problem in Iran's nuclear case is not the impossibility of direct talks with the US.

He then criticized Russia and China for their votes in favor of the anti-Iran resolution and said, "We expect Moscow and Beijing to show more strength, power and independence in that respect. They are expected to use their veto power as a show of their independence and political strength as the US has repeatedly done so in the case of the Zionist Regime, which is pursuing very tyrannical policies."


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