Sunday, January 23, 2005

U.S. rhetoric meant to derail talks between Iran and EU

U.S. rhetoric meant to derail talks between Iran and EU: "U.S. rhetoric meant to derail talks between Iran and EU

TEHRAN, Jan. 23 (MNA) -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi on Sunday branded the U.S. president’s recent statements as a declaration of cultural and religious war against the world.
Asefi also said that Bush’s remarks included many countries and that Bush’s own friends called it a comprehensive war against the world.

“We consider such statements to be a clear example of cultural and religious war which produce only animosity toward U.S. policies throughout the world,” Asefi told reporters at his weekly press briefing.

Asefi also stated that the U.S. charges against Iran are part of psychological operations which are carried out from time to time.

“The main core of the U.S. propaganda is militarism, which we regard as psychological warfare,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman noted.

Asefi added that no country in the world cared about President George W. Bush’s statements and even his friends within the Republican Party called his statements improper.

Tel Aviv decides for Washington

Asefi also said that Iran was quite right to say that the U.S. policies are decided by Israel and the Zionist lobby in the United States.

On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said Iran is “right at the top” of the Bush administration’s list of world trouble spots, and said that Israel “might well decide to act first” to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities.

“The statements by Cheney and the Zionist officials are two sides of the same coin, and this confirms the Islamic Republic’s view that Tel Aviv and the Zionist lobby in the U.S. determine the policies of Washington, and this is no surprise for us,” Asefi said.

If one day Washington decides to improve its reputation in the eyes of the rest of the world, it will be compelled to make serious efforts to rid itself of Zionist influence, he added.

Asefi went on to say that the U.S. administration has replaced logic with bullying in its dealings with the world and expressed hope that Bush would adopt a logical approach during his second term.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman also said that Iran is powerful enough to defend itself in the face of any attack by Israel.

"The Islamic Republic is strong enough and has the ability to defend itself,” he asserted.

Iran says any U.S. attack would be “strategic mistake”

The Foreign Ministry spokesman downplayed the U.S. military threats against Tehran but immediately observed that it would be a “major strategic mistake” if the U.S. launched a military attack against Iran.

"We consider it to be psychological warfare, unless someone wants to make a major strategic mistake," Asefi said.

Bush said last week that military action had not been ruled out to deal with Iran's nuclear program.

U.S. rhetoric meant to derail talks between Iran and EU

The Foreign Ministry spokesman also said that the repeated allegations against Iran’s peaceful nuclear program are meant to discourage the Europeans in their talks with Iran.

Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi also said on Sunday that the recent statements about Iran are part of a psychological warfare campaign being waged against the Islamic Republic which is meant to influence the nuclear talks between Iran and the European Union.

The representatives of Iran and the European Union held constructive talks in Geneva, Switzerland, last week and they are going to meet again on February 8 or 9.

"The Americans make those remarks against Iran in order to influence the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and Europe," Yunesi told reporters in parliament.

The Intelligence minister said that precautionary measures have been taken and there is nothing to be worried about.

"All military, security, economic, and political measures were adopted three years ago. Iran expects to see no threat, but at the same time it has adopted all precautionary measures."

Noting that the U.S. military threats against Iran cannot be translated into reality, he stated, "It would be the biggest and most stupid mistake if the U.S. tried to materialize its threats against Iran.

"Iran is neither Afghanistan nor Iraq. Iran is the entire Islamic world and all of history. It will neutralize any plot through its great national, military, and international power and capabilities.”

Turning to the false reports claiming that U.S. commandos had infiltrated into Iran, Yunesi called such claims a joke.

“Today we have the most secure land, maritime, and air borders and no American or non-American dares to set foot upon Iranian soil.”"

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