Larijani Cautions 5+1 Group to Prevent Repeat of Mistakes

April 17, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani here Sunday called on the five UN permanent members (Russia, China, US, Britain, France) plus Germany to take extra efforts to prevent a repeat of mistakes and to guarantee an atmosphere for constructive talks.

Larijani was speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Qods and Support for the Rights of the Palestinian People which wrapped up its work in Tehran on Sunday.

"I think the hasty London statement was one of the mistakes made on Iran's nuclear case. The nuclear path could have been successfully pursued, but the statement changed it.

"We are ready to reach sound solutions to the case through constructive negotiation," he said.

Asked whether a solution to Iran's nuclear case could possibly come out after the next session of the Security Council, he said: " If the states which are highly influential in resolving the nuclear standoff take a wise stance, finding a solution will not be too difficult. Several solutions have already been offered in this regard." Asked to comment on Sunday's remarks by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calling for enforcement of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in the next session of the Security Council, the SNSC secretary added: "They (US officials) had made similar remarks (in the past.) Their threats will not lead to a serious change in Iran's will.

"I think the era of threats and bullying is over. I believe the current situation should be taken into account. At any rate, such remarks will not bear fruit." He said the core of the matter is that Iran is faithful to its commitments under the Non-Proliferation Treaty and is a member of of the (Board of Governors) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"We have always signified our willingness to allow IAEA inspectors come to Iran and visit our nuclear sites," Larijani said.

"If there are still questions and ambiguities that need to be answered, then these should be answered," he added.

In his view "all decisions made on Iran's nuclear case were politically motivated," but assured that all "doors to negotiation would continue to be open." Asked about Europe's offer to hold more constructive talks with Iran, Larijani said that there were "different ways of holding constructive negotiations," and disclosed that certain Eastern states had recently proposed a new framework for holding talks.

"We welcome any constructive strategy that promises a specific perspective for viewing Iran's nuclear activities. But we will continue our nuclear activities. Any such proposals should, therefore, be reasonable," he said.

"Iran believes suspension of nuclear research would not be wise.

We will continue research within the IAEA framework," he added.

On the agreed Iran-US talks, he said the two sides have not yet set any date.