Monday, June 28, 2004

Iran to Become Most Powerful State in Southwest Asia

Description of Selected News: "Iran to Become Most Powerful State in Southwest Asia: Rezaei

Yazd (IRNA) -- Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei said here Thursday night that Iran will become the most powerful country in Southwest Asia in the next 20 years. Talking to members of political and student associations and NGOs of Yazd province, central Iran, the EC secretary added, 'All of us should join hands to help develop the country and turn it to the mightiest country in the region.' Pointing to a U.S.-backed Greater Middle East Initiative, he said, 'The plan was supposed to include Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The United States achieved its goals in Afghanistan and Iraq but the developments in Iraq raised serious doubts about following up the policy.'
Rezaei said Iran's nuclear policy is based on the peaceful use of nuclear energy."

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