Mottaki: Iran Pursues Trust Building Process in its Peaceful Nuclear Program

November 11, 2005

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs Manouchehr Mottaki said here Friday that Tehran keeps pursuing efforts aimed at trust building regarding its peaceful nuclear program and it had already taken long strides in that respect, but would not yield to any pressure.

According to a report by Foreign Ministry's Information and Press Bureau, Mottaki who was speaking to the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) Troika in Tehran, added, "The Islamic Republic of Iran, based on the proposal put forth by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at UN General Assembly, pursues the project on partnership with other countries in its enrichment activities and the cabinet has ratified the required regulations for the purpose."

The IRI foreign minister said, "Iran asks the international community, particularly the three European countries that have been negotiating with Tehran to yield to equal status, and just negotiations, based on the international laws, and within the framework of the IAEA efforts aimed at answering the remaining questions regarding Iran's peaceful nuclear program."

Mottaki referred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recent communique in which Iran's readiness for resuming talks with the EU3 was announced, as well as the letters written by the secretary of the country's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani to ambassadors of those countries in Tehran.

He said, "In any negotiation held on the matter the Islamic Republic of Iran's right to have full access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes needs to be fully guaranteed."

The country's foreign minister reiterated, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has meanwhile taken serious steps aimed at further trust building and elimination of the remaining concerns and ambiguities on Iran's peaceful nuclear programs, and those efforts are launched around two axes."

According to Mottaki, one of those two axes is continuing full-scale cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog, IAEA, including pursuing all its nuclear activities under the supervision of the agency's inspectors and the other one is holding negotiations with all countries regarding Iran's peaceful nuclear program, as well as efforts aimed at eliminating all remaining ambiguities.

Iran's Foreign minister elaborating on the process of Iran's nuclear negotiations with the EU3, said, "We believed from the very beginning that the negotiations need to be goal-oriented, useful, and time-bound, and that we never favored pursuing the negotiations merely for the sake of negotiating."

He reiterated, "The Islamic Republic of Iran, as one of the active members of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM), believes the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are the biggest threat against the whole mankind."

Mottaki added, "Therefore, we back up all efforts aimed at banning the proliferation and distribution of any kind of WMD, as well as efforts aimed at fully annihilating them."

The country's foreign minister reiterated, "We believe the only way to get rid of the pending WMD threat is to destroy all of them around the globe.

He added, "In that regard, the Islamic Republic of Iran proposed the draft of a resolution this year at UN General Assembly on disarmament which was ratified at that council's first committee.

Mottaki reiterated, "The NPT is the foundation stone for all efforts aimed at disarmament and the different countries' commitments are stated in it clearly."

He emphasized, "The main goal of the international community should be strengthening the foundations of that treaty and the best way to strengthen the NPT is to ensue the security of its non-nuclear members that the treaty is observed free from discrimination and double-standards throughout the world."

Iran's foreign minister said, "The nuclear powers of the world should heed their disarmament commitments based on the articles of NPT and not to take instrumental advantage of that treaty." Criticizing the double-standards, Mottaki stressed, "We believe double-standards are a serious threat against the reputation and neutrality of the IAEA."

He added, "Therefore, we expect the member countries of the IAEA Board of Governors, particularly its NAM members that have always been adopting independent and basic stands free from the hegemony of the world powers, to distance themselves from that perilous trend (double-standards) that can affect other developing nations, as well."

The minster of foreign affairs said, "We appreciate the incessant efforts made by Cuba, Malaysia, and South Africa, as the members of the NAM Troika, and consider as very significant their role in these negotiations and in campaign against injustice and unfair innovations initiated by big powers."

Mottaki added, "The Islamic Republic of Iran's basic policy of strengthening the NAM and playing a serious and active role in NAM in the process of various international developments remains unchanged."

He emphasized, "The developments and events at the international scene are quite intermingled and solutions to international crises should be sough relying on cooperation of all countries around the globe."

Ministers of foreign affairs of Iran, Malaysia, and Cuba, as well as deputy foreign minster of South Africa took part at NAM quadrilateral discussions Friday, held at Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) here Friday.