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  • 2/13/2013

German Envoy Wants Closer Ties with Iran


German Envoy to Tehran Bernd Erbel said his country should consolidate its all-out relations with Iran in a bid to avoid an undermining of its ties with Tehran by politically-tainted moves.

Addressing an international conference in Iran's Northeastern province of Mashhad, Erbel deplored the current status in which all dimensions of cooperation with Iran are dominated by politics. 

"As long as politics influences all dimensions of cooperation with Iran, we should increasingly strengthen ties with Iran in a bid to display our support for the Islamic Republic of Iran to everyone," the German diplomat stated.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. 

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry. 

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment. 

Tehran has dismissed the West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path. 

Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA's questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities. 

Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. 



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