Iran ready to respond to nuclear concerns: FM

Iran ready to respond to nuclear concerns: FM
Wed Aug 28, 2013 19:32:53

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said Tehran is ready to address concerns over its peaceful nuclear energy program without retreating from fundamental rights.

“Regarding the nuclear rights of the Iranian people, we are standing firm; but at the same time, we are ready to allay the existing concerns,” said Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif late Tuesday.

“The world can rest assured that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons and this [policy] underpins the interests of our establishment and country,” he said.

Zarif argued that the US should demonstrate “the same political resolve” as that of Iran in order for the dispute over Iran's nuclear energy program to be resolved.

The top Iranian diplomat then touched upon Tehran’s transparent positions on its nuclear energy program, saying, “Whoever sees Iran as a regional and influential power will be able to see that we do not need nuclear arms.”

Commenting on the pressure exerted by Zionists on US President Barack Obama and Congress following the election of President Hassan Rouhani, Zarif noted that the Zionist lobby in the US is currently concerned over a reduction of tensions regarding Iran’s nuclear dossier and the settlement of the issue.

“Iran and the US have different views about various issues and our relations have always been marked by a sort of rivalry and, in some cases, even tensions,” Zarif said.

The Iranian Foreign Minister pointed to the pressure by certain lobby groups on the White House and said, “It is Mr. Obama’s problem how he is going to counter the pressure exerted on him and the Congress from within the country (the US), but I am also of the opinion that the US has been provided with a very limited opportunity and it should seize the chance,” the diplomat said.

Tehran strongly rejects the groundless claim over its nuclear activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Zarif also rejected the speculations that a recent visit to Tehran by Omani monarch Sultan Qaboos was partly aimed at exchanging messages between Iran and the US, and underlined that Oman is just using its “good offices” to improve the international situation.

“Since Iran and the US have no direct ties with each other, when our friends travel to Iran, they usually discuss their perceptions of the US officials’ points of view and, obviously, convey their understanding of the viewpoints of the Iranian high-ranking officials to them (US officials) at suitable opportunities,” he said, adding that this cannot be referred to as an act of taking and relaying messages, but is rather using one’s good offices.


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