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Rafsanjani: Iran not after nuclear arms

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 31, IRNA
Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Wednesday that Iran is not after nuclear arms and that's a reality that westerners, especially the US, should understand.

In a meeting with German ambassador to Tehran, Herbert Honosowitz, Rafsanjani expressed displeasure with the process of nuclear talks and with the US and West's pressures on Iran.

Noting that Iran's relations with Germany are more historical and fast growing than those with other European states, Rafsanjani said that Germany's position is a matter of surprise and the extremist approaches now adopted are unjustified.

He said Germany's banking, insurance, investment, technical and cultural restrictions, that have nothing to do with the UN Security Council resolution, are surprising.

He added that the precondition for talks is not only not constructive but is also a mistake. "Besides being in contradiction with Iranians' national pride, it (the precondition) has harmed the positive atmosphere of talks."

He regretted that the Americans are still pursuing their miscalculations, adding that unconditional resumption of talks is a suitable solution to problems.

"Escalation of tension will not be to the interest of any party," he added.

He said that calm in the region would not only be to the interest of Iran but also the whole region and the world.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran's cooperation in regional issues, including Afghanistan and Iraq ... is indicative of its efforts to restore tranquility," he added.

He said Iran is ready to assure the world through any possible means that is ready to remove any suspicion.

Addressing German ambassador, Rafsanjani said, "The light of self-sufficiency in generation of peaceful nuclear energy by Iranian experts flashed exactly after Germans refused to contribute to the completion of Bushehr nuclear power plant."

For his part, Honosowitz referred to good Tehran-Berlin relations and said that in his today meeting, which followed his first visit to Iran just after triumph of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iranian officials showed that the Islamic Republic of Iran is still adhering to its principled stances and one can solve the existing problems through talks.

He said, "We understand Iranians' feeling of displeasure over issuance of the (UN Security Council) resolution."

He added, "We have since the beginning accepted the right for peaceful use of nuclear energy and in terms of content too, we are close to the Iranians."

Terming Iran as a 'strategic and very important' country in the region, the German ambassador said Germans believe resumption of dialogue is the key to the nuclear problem and re-establishment of mutual confidence is necessary for the issue.


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