International Community Supports Iranian Nuclear Program

January 27, 2008

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  • Nuclear

Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said in Brussels that the international community is supporting Iran's nuclear program citing support of more than 120 countries in the Non- Aligned Movement.

He told Euronews TV that just two or three countries consider themselves to be the international community, they even consider themselves to be the entire international community.

Even the US national intelligence report acknowledged that Iran is now following a peaceful nuclear program.

"It's quite clear today that these countries are just seeking to find some false pretext to take these measures against Iran. The same countries that once closely cooperated with the dictator in Iran, the former regime of the Shah, they signed a nuclear agreement with that regime. And then that dictatorship was toppled by the Iranian people, and now they've started to impose sanctions against our country and our people."

Euronews: "What about your refusal to acknowledge Israel's right to exist?"

Saeed Jalili: "We believe that occupation and coercion do not give legitimacy. Everything must be determined through democratic process, that is the only solution. If the outcome of a democratic process is that an entity disappears, then that is the problem with that entity."

Euronews: "If you have such ideas about the existence of Israel, this 'entity' as you called it, don't you think that some countries that are friends of Israel, like the United States or some European countries, won't trust Iran, when Iran is trying to create, to build up, a nuclear capability, even if Iran says it is for civilian purposes?"

Saeed Jalili: "We have always said that the Palestinian land belongs to the people who live there, including Jews, Christians and Muslims, there are no differences among them. And all the people who were expelled from the Palestinian land must have the right to return to their fatherland. And these people must have the opportunity to participate in a democratic process for self-determination; whatever the decision is, it must be respected. It is not for me, for you, for some other country to decide about them. Why do they feel threatened by what is just a democratic proposal?"

Euronews: "Why do you think that it is important for Iran to go on with the enrichment of the nuclear capability of uranium?"

Saeed Jalili: "That is not important to us, that is part of our right, according to the NPT (the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty), we have certain obligations and certain rights, we should fulfil our obligations and at the same time we must be allowed our rights according to and within the framework of NPT. The question is, why do you think it is important to those countries, why do they want to deprive us of our rights?"

Euronews: "A country with a small and reduced nuclear capability, civil nuclear capability, can import and enrich uranium from abroad, from Russia in the case of Iran. And it could also be less expensive. So, why do you need to have a national Iranian enrichment technique?"

Saeed Jalili: "The most important reason is that we are going to have this technology as an indigenous technology, we are going to develop this technology indigenously in our country. According to our 20 year development program, we have to produce twenty thousand megawatts of nuclear electricity; we have to generate electricity through nuclear power plants. For that level of capacity we need to build at least twenty nuclear power plants in the next twenty years and for these twenty nuclear power plants we invest billions on each power plant.

What are the guaranties that if we build those power plants we are going to be able to get fuel for these power plants from these countries, the very countries that even refused to sell us passenger planes and aircraft spare parts. That is an important question. And you must know about the level of enrichment in our country. We have a number of centrifuges. How much fuel do you think we can produce with those centrifuges now? Even increasing the number of these centrifuges by ten-fold it is not going to provide fuel even for one nuclear power plant. "

Euronews: "Do you think that the nuclear issue could be object of some kind of comprehensive talks with the United States on the situation in the Middle-East?"

Saeed Jalili: "Yes, there is no problem with that, but the real problem is not about having talks or negotiations, the problem is the approach that we may have towards any talks in the future. When two sides are going to talk to each other, or to have negotiations, there is a question of how they are going to talk to each other, as two friends, two partners or two rivals, or two enemies."

Euronews: "What about the change of attitude from Germany and France because they have changed their attitude in the last couple of years, don't you think?"

Saeed Jalili: "In proportion to their attitude, they will see the results and the outcomes of their policies. These countries might have changed their attitude in proportion to their policies, their companies and their economic agencies have also become less active in our country, so they are now witnessing the outcome of their policies."