Sunday, December 12, 2004

Iran FM spokesman: Kharrazi, Powell meeting report baseless - Persian Journal

Iran FM spokesman: Kharrazi, Powell meeting report baseless - Persian Journal Latest Iran news & Iranian Article News paper: "Iran FM spokesman: Kharrazi, Powell meeting report baseless
Dec 12, 2004, 14:59

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi dismissed the recent remarks of US Secretary of State Colin Powell on negotiations with Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi in Sharm-el Sheikh as baseless.

Making the remarks during his weekly press briefing, he stressed that no negotiations took place during the meeting of Foreign Ministers of Iraq's neighboring countries in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh last month during which the seats of Kharrazi and outgoing US Secretary of State Colin Powell were set next to each other during a dinner banquet.

In answer to a question on reasons for Iran's declining to take part in a meeting on Middle East in Rabat, Asefi said the Americans are pursuing very particular goals by introducing their "broader Middle East" initiative which drove Iran to decide not to participate in the meeting.

Ministers from around 20 Middle Eastern and North African countries converged on the Moroccan capital on Saturday for the forum for the future, devoted to a US reform initiative for the Arab world.

Referring to contradictory remarks of some Iraqi officials regarding Iran, he noted that Iran regarded the remarks which were uttered by certain authorities in Iraq as suspicious.

He explained that different Iraqi officials have already reacted to such remarks by dismissing the accusations.

Asefi also believed some of the remarks have been so illogical which make any explanations unnecessary.

He said Iran favored holding free elections as well as establishment of security and stability in Iraq.

On a US probable military action against Iran, the Spokesman stressed that America was not of the appropriate size and magnitude to commit military invasion against Iran and said even US officials themselves have rejected the attack.

He said raising such issues served only as a media and press ballyhoo which was being undertaken with the support of Zionist lobbies in America.

Replying a question concerning the espionage allegation against two persons in Egypt one of whom to be an Iranian national, he noted that no documents existed to prove the allegations and described the whole thing as a pre-planned scenario against Iran.

He said he was not surprised to hear of the allegations because he thought now that the nuclear issue was settled through the wise strategies of Iranian authorities, the enemies would go after other ways to press Iran."