Ahmadinejad Comments on U.S. NIE

December 11, 2007

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran welcomed report of the US National Intelligence Estimates (NIE), describing it a step forward, but, it does not mean that the report was free from defects or baseless points.

The president was referring to the allegation in the report that Iran had weapons program until 2003.

Reporter of an Arabic language TV asked whether a banner over the head bearing the statement that "the dawn is ahead" is a message to the US government, the president looked overhead and said "you see it is emblem of holy Mecca, Saudi Arabia."
In the beginning of the press conference "I said that development is taking place in the human community and that the humanity is coming to God, justice and piety."
"We believe the savior of the humanity will come from holy Kaaba, Mecca and that the banner is a reference to the time when justice will prevail over the world."
Al-Jazeera report asked about US Defense Secretary Robert Gates lobbying with the Arab states of the Persian Gulf to establish a missile defense shield, and his attempts to disrupt Iranian ties with the Arab states in a conference held in Manama, Bahrain, last week.

The president said Iran is advancing its own initiative to develop cooperation with the neighboring states and the US is also is doing its own job.

The proposals Iran put forward to the Arab states of the Persian Gulf are constructive and will be effective in developing economic, cultural, scientific and social cooperation.

Responding to a question that the NIE report acknowledging civilian nature of Iranian nuclear program was the first step forward on the part of the US and what the next step would be, he said that the next step would be to put an end to the baseless allegations against Iranian nuclear program.