Saturday, November 06, 2004

Iran urges Bush to drop unilateralism

IranMania News: "Iran urges Bush to drop unilateralism

Saturday, November 06, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com

LONDON, Nov 6 (IranMania) - US President George W Bush should learn from the failure of his unilateral approach to Iraq and adopt a more multilateral approach to international security threats during his second term, Iran's deputy Foreign Minister said Friday.

Gholamali Khoshroo told a news conference the situation in Iraq would "be calmer, more stable and more democratic" today if the United Nations had been allowed to deal "in a multilateral way" with concerns that Saddam Hussein was amassing stockpiles of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

"We hope the American administration has learned the proper lessons from their unilateral approach toward the world," he said following talks with his Portuguese counterpart Henrique de Freitas.

"We hope a second term of this administration can be more multilateral, based on internationally negotiated treaties and not just the use of force."

His comments came as diplomats from Britain, France and Germany were meeting their Iranian counterparts in Paris to discuss a EU offer to help Tehran develop peaceful nuclear technology and other incentives if Tehran terminates its controversial uranium enrichment program.

Washington believes the program will be used to produce fissile uranium for atomic weapons, but Tehran argues its nuclear ambitions are limited to the peaceful generation of electricity.

In September the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN's nuclear watchdog, passed a resolution demanding that Iran freeze its uranium enrichment activities, a demand Tehran has rejected as illegal.

Iran faces a November 25 deadline, after which it risks being referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.

The Bush administration has long demanded that the international community adopt a tough stance on Iran, AFP reported.

But Khoshroo said Europe should resist Washington's pleas, given that its claims about Baghdad's weapons program -- which Bush used to justify the US-led invasion of Iraq -- turned out to be unfounded.

"The situation in Iraq has shown that it is not enough to have allegations, you should prove it, you should have evidence," he said.

"We are against unilateral interference in the region because of some allegation or perception or other political game," he added."

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