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West is wasting time in nuclear talks: Ahmadinejad

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Beijing, June 7, IRNA -- Iran is ready for continuation of talks with the G5+1 in Moscow or Beijing but the West is interested in wasting time, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here on Wednesday.

He made the remark in a meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

“However, Tehran has pursued to arrange talks between the deputies of top Iran and G5+1 negotiators but recent behavior of western side of the nuclear negotiations has not been encouraging.”

Ahmadinejad underscored that Iran is against nuclear weapons and praises China support for Tehran’s right for peaceful use of nuclear technology.

“West propaganda against Iran’s nuclear activities or China internal affairs has its roots in US hostility toward the two countries.”

“World order is changing deeply to a more just world; China can play a more important role in the new world order; current world order is in favor of some world powers and against the interest of most nations.”

“China-Iran relations are historical and cultural oriented; development of relations with Beijing in all fields is part of principles of Tehran’s foreign policy; Iran-China trade exchange stood at the range of 45 dlrs billion in the past two years but it should be increased to the volume of 200 billion dollars by the next 10 years based on latest agreements; Iran favors elimination of foreign currencies and and their substitution by the national ones or using a barter system,” he added.

President noted that Iran is ready for development of relations with China in the fields of energy, airspace and resolution of Afghanistan problems, adding that NATO aims to expand its wing to the East through Afghanistan and this is a threat for both Tehran and Beijing and the two countries’ cooperation can increase the two nations’ deterrence power.

It is important to know that although the relations between these two governments are relatively new, trade and diplomatic relations between the people and cultures of Iran and China have been existing since 200 BC.

China finds in Iran a permanent partner for its exports and a source for its growing energy demand.

In the 1980s, the shared ideological themes of anti-imperialism and third world solidarity helped solidify the relationship but they became allies as a way to counterbalance the

Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War.

China is known for its opposition of sanctions against another state and favors diplomatic efforts. This tradition includes China’s position on UN sanctions against Iran in the past.

In 1980, China refused to support UN arms embargo against Iran and abstained from voting on US-based sanctions against Iran as well.

There are several social connections between the two states. The two societies are psychologically identified with one another because they both share the national pride and historical identity that come along with being descendant of two great empires.

In case of Iran nuclear dispute with the West, it should be noted that Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed the West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing those sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80170619

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