Sunday, October 24, 2004

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Description of Selected News: "Acknowledging illegal maneuvers endangers world: Rafsanjani

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -– In a meeting with the new South African ambassador to Iran, Yusuf Saloojee, here on Sunday, Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that depriving Iran of the right to produce nuclear fuel would be a dark point in contemporary history.

Acknowledging illegal maneuvers, depriving countries of their natural rights, and restricting the use of high technology in the field of new energy to a few countries will endanger the future of the world, he added.

Rafsanjani referred to the recent efforts by the United States and the European Union to prevent Iran from conducting legitimate activities as a serious issue for all developing countries and called on the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries to oppose the move.

He stated that logical and unbiased strategies should be formulated to prevent countries from establishing nuclear weapons programs and added that the Islamic Republic of Iran would do its best to allay the international community’s concerns about its peaceful nuclear activities.

He noted that discrimination is the main reason for insecurity in the world and added that depriving nations of their rights would only make the people dissatisfied and would have dangerous consequences.

Rafsanjani praised South Africa for its positive approach toward Iran during the recent meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors.

He also announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran is interested in expanding political, economic, cultural, energy, and defense cooperation with South Africa.

For his part, the South African ambassador voiced satisfaction with the expansion of ties between the two countries and said that the people and government of South Africa welcome active cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran to develop their country.

He announced that South Africa supports Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities and said that the IAEA Board of Governors should observe Iran’s inalienable rights, close Iran’s nuclear dossier, and thus solve the problem.

Saloojee also stated that there are some technical problems with the demands European countries have imposed on Iran and expressed concern that such actions would become standard practice at the IAEA and other international organizations affiliated to the United Nations."

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