Iran urges global nuclear disarmament
With two days ahead of scheduled talks between Iran and the major world powers, Tehran urges nuclear-weapon-states to fulfill their disarmament obligations.
‘Iran calls on countries that possess nuclear weapons to remain committed to their undertakings on disarmament in the world,’ Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in a meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt in New York on Monday.
Referring to the upcoming meeting between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Russia, China, Britain, France and the US -- plus Germany (P5+1), Mottaki urged the West to adopt a positive and active approach.
After Iran presented its new package of proposals to the six major powers, the two sides agreed to hold wide-ranging discussions on global issues as well as Iran's rifts with some Western countries on October 1.
‘The Islamic Republic of Iran proved its positive approach to negotiations by presenting its latest package of proposals,’ Mottaki told Bildt, whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency.
‘We hope [Iran and the six powers] will hold constructive talks based on mutual respect and collective obligations,’ he said.
Mottaki reiterated that Iran would never give up its legitimate rights on use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes amid persistent pressure from Western interests and baseless accusations of a military agenda.
Iran enters the Geneva-hosted talks having said that major powers particularly the US, Britain and France have breached international regulations and continue to deceive the world nations by violating the Non-Proliferation Treaty articles in the last 40 years.
Iran has announced the existence of Fordu nuclear plant 12 months earlier than the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regulations oblige member states to inform the UN nuclear watchdog of new developments. However, this didn't stop the West from crying out 'deception'.
Tehran is at present working out details to invite inspections of the new site.
Iran's foreign minister rejected Western accusations and said, ‘The West committed its biggest diplomatic and political mistake in recent days based on false information given to them.’
Mottaki expressed regret that the terrorist Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) and British services gave misinformation to US President Barack Obama who 'swallowed it hook, line, and sinker much like they did with misinformation about Iraq'.
‘It is in their own interests to begin constructive and comprehensive talks with Iran under revised policies,’ Mottaki said after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
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