Monday, January 28, 2008

Mottaki: N-Arms Don't Exist in our Defensive Doctrine


Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in the 38th meeting of the World Economic Forum in the mountainous area of Switzerland " Davos" underlined that nuclear weapon has no place in Iran's defensive doctrine. In a meeting dubbed as " Understanding Iran's foreign policy", which was held in Davos on Saturday evening, Mottaki said, "We believe that if atomic weapons had been able to prevent crisis, they would have prevented many crises in the past."

For example, the Zionist regime, by having more than 200 nuclear warheads, could win war in Lebanon.

He said, "Those who test new generations of atomic weapons should answer why they are looking for more competition in the atomic arsenal." Referring to the imposed war of Iraq against Iran in which Saddam used chemical bombs, Mottaki said, "The European hospitals have witnessed Iranian chemical victims."
Answering a question why Iran wants to produce nuclear fuel, Mottaki said because power plants cannot operate without nuclear fuels. He stressed that Iran's positions on nuclear weapons is clear adding "we are not looking for a nuclear arsenal". The 38th meeting of the World Economic Forum started its work on Wednesday evening in Davos, Switzerland.

More than 2,500 personalities from 88 countries are attending the meeting. Among them, 27 presidents and prime ministers and 113 foreign ministers are participating in the 5-day meeting.

Mottaki called on the Security Council to "exercise restraint" when reviewing a package of new restrictions next week over Tehran's peaceful nuclear program. The minister said Iran could not understand why the new measures were being proposed before the UN's nuclear agency, the IAEA, makes its report on Tehran's nuclear activities in late February or March.

The package was agreed by foreign ministers of the five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany. "We advise them to exercise restraint ... until the final report of the IAEA comes out," Mottaki told reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. "The shared objective is the clarification of the ambiguities that have been insinuated by some parties and answering questions raised by the IAEA," he added.

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