Envoy stresses peaceful nature of Iranian nuclear progm
Friday, 29 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Iranian ambassador in Dhaka said that big nations should apologise and compensate for the damage they have caused by inflicting embargo on that Islamic nation for its 'peaceful nuclear programme', since the IAEA's recent report has proved that Iran does not want to make nuclear weapons.

'The recent report of the IAEA chief has proved the peacefulness of Iranian nuclear activities and shows that Iran's attitude to its nuclear activities is legal, transparent, responsible and foreseeable,' said Hasan Farazandeh, the Iranian ambassador, at a press briefing in his residence on Wednesday afternoon.

Referring to the report of Muhammad El Baradi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Faranzadeh said, 'The report is a document which proves Iran's efficiency in gaining its nuclear rights and is the result of the unity and national determination of Iranians all over the world, and it also proves the transparency of the country in implementation of international regulations and commitments.'

'So the big powers should apologise as well as compensate for the restrictions they have put on Iran,' he added. 'It is the right of a country to use its energy for the welfare of its people. No country can stop another country from doing so,' he told reporters.

Explaining his country's position on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, Faranzadeh said, 'The prime target of Iran's nuclear programme is the production of electricity. This country cannot remain dependent only on fossil fuels and has to diversify its required energy resources.' 'Iran has to produce extra 20,000 megawatts of electricity by 2025, based on the growth factors of its economy as well as the decision of the Parliament,' he added.

Responding to a query on Tehran's position for establishing peace in the region, the diplomat said that his country's nuclear programme was completely peaceful and has always been carried out under the supervision of the IAEA, and it did not pose any threat to any country due to its peaceful nature.

'As the leaders and other high-ranking officials of Iran have repeatedly declared, weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) including nuclear weapons do not have any place in Iran's defence doctrine. Rather the country is one of the main victims of the use of WMDs.

Iran is the first country that has proposed the plan for making the Middle East free of nuclear weapons and has always been reiterating its position in this respect,' said Farazandeh.

When asked whether Iran would assist Bangladesh to produce nuclear energy, he refrained from making any comment, adding that he would be happy to see Bangladesh producing energy from nuclear power.

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