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Westerners urged to give reasonable answer to president's UN address

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 4, IRNA – Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast urged Western states Tuesday to give a reasonable answer to the Iranian president’s remarks at the NPT review conference in New York.

Speaking at his weekly press conference, the spokesman referred to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s address to the UN Non-Proliferation review conference in New York as “honest,” “transparent” and “logical.”

In his address to the UN meeting, President Ahmadinejad criticized nuclear-weapon-states for using or threatening to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states.

“It is normal that countries accused of possessing nuclear weapons and using them to threaten other nations become unhappy with the president’s remarks,” Mehman-Parast said.

He added that President Ahmadinejad’s speech was indeed “a combination of the views of all independent and free states of the world.”

“This is the demand of all world nations that a mechanism be set up for the NPT which would include all necessary grounds for every nation to use nuclear energy peacefully,” said the spokesman.

He urged Western states to increase their tolerance and “give reasonable answers to reasonable statements.”

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