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Mottaki defends peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 18, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Copenhagen on Friday that dozens of solid legal evidences and thousands of man/hour inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors testify peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.
“We are not willing to engage ourselves with such comments raised with unknown motivations,” said Mottaki in a press conference in Copenhagen when asked about Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faissal’s recent claims that Iranians should not be allowed to acquire nuclear arms.

Mottaki, who is in Copenhagen as a member of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s delegation to attend the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, said, “Such non-judicial statements will never have any adverse impact on the firm legal foundations of Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.”

Also asked to comment on Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit’s recent claim that Iran’s peaceful nuclear program is a source of concern and that the country’s approaches for engagement with the west escalate tensions, Mottaki said, “I deem it unlikely that such undocumented statements are actually raised by the Egyptian officials. Ahmed Aboul Gheit is well aware of the rights of the committed members of the IAEA and compared to others, he showed, as a gesture of respect to rights of members, more realistic stances in recent IAEA Board session.”

“If true, we recommend the Egyptian friends to ponder a little a bit on their statements from legal point of view because such stances are not to the interest of the Muslim and Arab states, rather they please the leaders of the Zionist state in Egypt’s neighborhood which is source of concern and threat to whole the region for possessing 200 nuclear warheads and violating all the IAEA regulations,” concluded Mottaki.

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