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President: Pursuing nuclear weapons is politically backwarded

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New York, Sept 24, IRNA
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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that any state pursuing nuclear weapons is politically backwarded.

Addressing a press conference held on the sidelines of the 63rd meeting of the UN General Assembly, he said the real democracy exists in the Islamic Republic.

The Iranian people are their own masters, he said, adding that they elect the country's officials and have full supervision over the governing system.

On the critical situation in Palestine, he underscored the need for holding free referendum there in order to put and end to sufferings of the Palestinians.

He added that the Islamic Republic will propose a democratic plan to resolve the Palestinian problems. The plan will be presented to the United Nations soon, he said.

On combat against terrorism, Ahmadinejad said the Iranian nation is the victim of terrorism.

As to trilateral Iran-Iraq-US talks on Iraqi security, he added that the Islamic Republic is ready to help resolve Iraqi security problems.

On presence of foreign forces, including NATO forces in Afghanistan, the Iranian president said drug production has increased and the Western governments have stepped up extremist policies since arrival of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

He added that Iran enjoys friendly relations with both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

On recent developments in the Caucasus region, Ahmadinejad reiterated that the existing problem in that region should be solved by the regional states.

Referring to Iran's amicable ties with the United Arab Emirates, he emphasized that efforts by certain states to tarnish the existing relations will be vain.

Expressing his satisfaction with the volume of Iran-UAE trade exchanges, President Ahmadinejad said the Persian Gulf littoral states are able to settle their own issues in the best possible manner.

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