|Iran: We have no secret N-activities
Sat, 14 Jun 2008 20:05:43
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says Tehran’s transparency in its nuclear program proves that there is no need for concern.
In a Saturday interview with the New Zealand Herald, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said claims that Iran aims to develop nuclear weapons have ‘no legal or logical basis’ and were made due to the ‘politically hostile approach, particularly from the Bush administration’.
“We haven’t got any hidden activities. All our activities are clear. So many cameras of the agency have been installed in our power plants. The agency has supervision over all our activities,” he was quoted as saying.
“Inspectors are coming and going continuously and no diversion [to nuclear arms development] has ever been observed. So do you think it is concerning?” he asked.
“In all the reports of the agency, nothing has been mentioned that we breached any regulations technically [or] legally.”
Hosseini explained that Iran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency has gone beyond its legal obligations, stressing that Tehran has complied with all the requirements of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
He noted that while Washington has a history of using nuclear arms in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Islamic Republic was the first country to propose for the Middle East to become a zone free of nuclear weapons.
He also recalled the war waged by late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein against Iran and asserted that while Iranians were attacked with chemical weapons, they did not resort to weapons of mass destruction.
According to Hosseini, dwindling fossil fuel resources have created the need to attain cheap, clean and sustainable energy.