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Negotiation, best way out of Iran's nuclear stand-off: Ahmadinejad

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 24, IRNA
IRI President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Monday in an interview with Al-Alam News Network, "Negotiation is the best way out of Iran's nuclear stand-off."

The President added, "Iran's nuclear dossier has turned quite political while the Islamic Republic of Iran's moves have entirely been in accordance with the international regulations and the NPT rules, and Iran has never breached any of them."

Ahmadinejad said, "The West that is itself benefitted from the nuclear energy and is a mass producer of nuclear fuel does not intent to permit the other nations to take advantage of it."

The IRI President pointing out that Iran has managed to produce nuclear fuel at industrial level, said, "Iran is now among countries that have the technology of producing nuclear fuel at an industrial level, and this has taken place within the barriers of the international laws."

He meanwhile emphasized that the best way out of Iran's nuclear stand-off with the West is pursuing the nuclear negotiations, adding, Iran has time and again announced its readiness in that respect."

Touching on issue of dual suspension in a bid to solve the nuclear problem, he said, "The issue is devoid of any legal, or logical foundation and dual suspension is a wrong phrase that needs to be corrected."

Ahmadinejad further emphasized, "Iran pursues its activities in accordance with its legal rights and the opponents of Iran's advancement have taken steps taking advantage of international organizations that are devoid of legal bases, and irrelevant to our nuclear dossier."

He said, "The West has made a mistake and it needs to correct its mistake, while the entire world knows well that Iran's nuclear activities are both legal, and legitimate and many European officials have emphasized this point in their talks with us."

The president reiterated that Iran's objective behind production of nuclear fuel is quite clear, and the planning and entire activities of our country in that respect are under supervision of the IAEA.

He meanwhile emphasized that the entire nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran are peaceful and legal, and Iran is the only country whose nuclear activities are fully under international supervision.

The president pointed out that the Iranian nation have an ancient civilization, and that throughout their history they have never oppressed any other nation, but have been in various eras, particularly after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, been oppressed more than any other country.

Ahmadinejad said, "The Iranian nation has learned in the course of its proud history how to defend its rights, but Iran does not like to take advantage of oil as a weapon, and does not wish the trend of developments to lead us that way, which is why the Iranian nation has turned the West's threats into opportunities."

He pointed out, "Iran's demand for energy is constantly increasing and the old sources of energy in our country are being used up." Touching on Iraq crisis, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran meanwhile emphasized, "Negotiations on Iraq are in need of their necessary and particular frameworks."

Stressing that Iran has many times announced its readiness to enter talks with the United States if Washington would change its tone, he said, "We are ready to enter talks in the presence of the press representatives, since we have a bad experience with talks behind closed doors."

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, focusing on talks among Iranian and US MPs, said here Monday in an interview with Al-Alam News Network, "Prerequisite for any kind of negotiations is naturally mutual good will."

Asked about the initiative by a number of US Congress representatives to enter talks with Iranian MPs, he said, "I do not now whether the Iranian Majlis representatives are ready to meet and enter negotiations with US Congress members, or not."

Ahmadinejad added, "Similar initiatives had been made on our part in the past, but we never received any positive response, and it is quite natural that the prerequisite for any negotiation is mutual good will."

He reiterated, "The United States has its own particular problems, because the mentality of Washington about the region and its particular problems are faulty, and that country believes militarism and bombing are best solutions to all types of crises."

The President added, "If the United States changed its attitude towards the Iraqi nation, that country's problems in Iraq would be solved and we are ready to present ways to save the United States from the prevailing Iraqi crisis, on condition that Washington would have a humanistic approach towards the matter."

Ahmadinejad emphasized, "America believes it can change the world's status in its own favor, and I believe probability of Washington's entry to a war against Iran is far from reality, because there are lots of wise people in the White House who would abort adoption of such decisions."

On Iran's presence at Sharm al-Sheikh Conference, he said, "The issue is under scrutiny presently and we would discuss the matter with our friends in Iraq."

Ahmadinejad focusing on Moscow's recent precondition for delivering nuclear fuel to Iran in return for suspension of uranium enrichment, said, "We have no conditional contract with Moscow, and the alterations made in the schedule are merely due to technical, and not political reasons."

Ahmadinejad meanwhile asked, "Why is uranium enrichment so important for the West? Why do they insist so much that we should halt its process, even for a short while?"

He emphasized, "In fact it is Iran that should be suspicious about the good will of the West, because we have already once suspended not only our uranium enrichment, but also the activities at our research centers, suffering billions of dollars of losses, but we observed no positive reaction from the West."

Ahmadinejad meanwhile said, "The West should interpret Iran's insistence in pursuing its nuclear program as a sign for our truthfulness."

He said, "We are opposed to resorting to force and playing with words, and we do not attach any value to suspicions, because the West deserves to be suspected a lot more than we are."

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