Rafsanjani reassures West Iran not after A-bomb
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Feb 23, IRNA
Chairman of the State Expediency Council Hojjatoleslam Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Friday reassured the West that Iran was not seeking to build a nuclear bomb.
Addressing thousands of Friday prayer worshipers here, Rafsanjani reiterated that the use of weapons of mass destruction was not part of the IRI culture.
Rafsanjani regretted that the bullying powers still continued their old tactics and policies and said: "Again, there are talks of tough action and threats. I state clearly and firmly that you would reach no where through this policy."
Warning the Western statesmen to discontinue their bullying tactics vis-a-vis Iran, Rafsanjani noted: "If you continue bullying you would definitely create numerous problems for yourselves, the regional countries and the entire world."
The EC chairman urged the arrogant powers to drop their "bullying preconditions" and sit on the negotiations table instead.
"You are saying that you cannot trust Iran would not use its nuclear achievements in the military industries, but we are ready to give you full assurances in this respect."
The announcement by Rafsanjani came amidst reports on tougher sanctions against Iran for not halting its uranium enrichment.
It also came after the UN nuclear watchdog agency concluded in a report Thursday for its 35-nation board that Iran had not suspended its nuclear fuel enrichment as the UN Security Council demanded.
The UN Security Council passed a resolution December 23 imposing limited sanctions on Iran and demanding it freeze enrichment.
But Iran considers that a suspension of uranium (processing) would be contrary to its rights, to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and to international rules, according to Mohammad Saidi, deputy director of Iran's atomic energy agency.
"Given that, Tehran cannot accept Security Council Resolution 1737 demanding a suspension of uranium enrichment."
Six world powers will meet in London early next week in a bid to defuse the nuclear crisis with Iran.
US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns "will be going to London on Monday" for consultations with his Russian, Chinese, British, French and German counterparts, said State Department spokesman Tom Casey.
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