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FM: People support a national demand so solidly for first time in Iran's history

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

United Nations, New York, March 25, IRNA
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that probably in the history of Iran there can be no time that the entire people have been so solidly behind a national demand.

The remark was made at the United Nations Security Council meeting in New York on Saturday night.

"As the Iranian nation paid a heavy price for the nationalization of its oil industry and its eight years of sacred defense, we realize now that we must be prepared to pay the price for our dignity and our independence," he added.

"But the world must know - and it does - that even the harshest political and economic sanctions or other threats are far too weak to coerce the Iranian nation to retreat from their legal and legitimate demands," he added.

Addressing the UNSC meeting, he said, "If you are seeking to sanction and block the wealth and capabilities of the Iranian nation, particularly our national heroes, who are mentioned in the Resolution, then I will tell you what the main assets are: faith in God, seeking justice, and resisting against threats and intimidations.

"Can this resolution block these valuable assets? Could eight years of imposed war confiscate this great asset? A war that was designed by certain permanent members and implemented with the endless support of weapons and petro-dollars, missiles, Mirage and Super Etandard aircraft, intelligence support and promises from the former US defense secretary.

"The Iranian nation, following its esteemed Leader, advises you not to undermine the dignity of the UN and IAEA. We invite you to come back to the path of negotiation based on justice and truth. The only way is to abandon the unwise pre-conditions and come back to talks with good faith. Suspension is neither an option nor a solution," he added.

Mottaki noted that the Iranian people, guided by Islamic teachings and values, are peace loving and a civilized nation.

"In fact, our people have never had any role in crimes against humanity such as those committed during the last two World Wars, genocides taking place in different parts of the world, the Hiroshima and Nackazaky tragedy, Vietnam war and the crimes perpetrated during the war in Balkan and the atrocious crimes that are being
systematically committed against the Palestinian people.

"Iran has not started any war in the past two hundred years. We have been even the victim of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) during the eight-year imposed war.

"We call for peace, stability and well-being of all people throughout the world especially in our own region. We have always endeavored to play a constructive and effective role as a responsible member of the international community," concluded Mottaki.


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