|Iran warns Israeli PM to avoid miscalculation||
TEHRAN – Iran’s mission to the United Nations has defended the country’s right to peaceful nuclear technology, warning Israel to avoid making a miscalculation about the Islamic Republic.
The remarks were made in a statement read out by an Iranian diplomat, Khodadad Seifi, during a session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, in response to a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the same day in which he attacked the credibility of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, and dismissed recent diplomatic overtures by him as a disingenuous “charm offensive.”
Netanyahu also claimed that the new president’s real goal was to engage in talks just to buy time for technical advances that would make the production of a nuclear weapon possible.
In addition, he threatened Iran with military strike, saying, “Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.”
Following are excerpts of the text of the statement of Iran’s UN mission:
The Islamic Republic of Iran has an inalienable right to all aspects of peaceful nuclear energy and is fully committed to its non-proliferation obligations.
Accordingly, all Iranian nuclear activities are, and have always been, exclusively for peaceful purposes. Iran continues to fully cooperate with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). All its nuclear activities are under 24-hour surveillance cameras of the agency.
While fully supporting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy by all nations, we strongly reject possession of nuclear weapons by any nation.
On its part, Iran has already expressed its full readiness to faithfully engage in meaningful, time-bound and result-oriented negotiations. Iran stands ready to ensure that its nuclear program will continue to remain exclusively peaceful.
This can remove the concerns of other parties. In return and as a first step, in addition to acknowledging the inalienable right of Iran to peaceful uses of nuclear energy, including a full national nuclear fuel cycle, they should remove the Iranian’s concerns which include annulling all sanctions, whether multilateral or unilateral.
Mr. President, we just heard an extremely inflammatory statement by the last speaker in which he made allegations against exclusively peaceful nuclear activities of my country. I do not want to dignify such unfounded accusations with an answer other than categorically rejecting them all.
He tried to mislead this august body about the Iranian nuclear program, but unlike last year, without cartoon drawing. The most ironic part of his comments was when he tried to be more royal than the king by setting standards about the type and scope of Iran’s nuclear activities, level of uranium enrichment, plutonium production and so on and so forth.
He should not forget that, as an NPT party, Iran is fully aware of its rights. Iran also is fully committed to its obligations. Indeed, the one who is badly in need to be educated about these issues is Israel which is the only non-party to the NPT (nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) in the Middle East and to that end has no choice but to accede to the NPT, without any further delay and condition, and place all its nuclear activities under the IAEA comprehensive safeguards.
He also made an attempt to mislead distinguished delegates about the danger of WMDs in the Middle East. However, he forgot to mention that the 2012 conference on the establishment of a WMD-free zone in the Middle East was not convened only due to the refusal of Israel to participate in the conference.
Like last year, he also continued saber rattling toward Iran by abusing this august Assembly for threatening a founding member of this organization which is established for the “prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace.”
Definitely, he enjoys full freedom to be proud of all atrocities and over 10 wars waged during the past 65 years by the Israeli regime against not only all its neighbors but others as well.
He may wish also to apply for an international award certifying the ability of Israeli forces in never-ending savage attacks against peoples under occupation, in particular defenseless women and innocent children.
However, he should seriously avoid miscalculation about Iran. Iran’s centuries-oil policy of non-aggression must not be interpreted as its inability to defend itself. Unlike Israel, Iran did not and would not attack any country.
It is not because of its inability, but due to its principled policy in rejecting the use of force.
Iranians are proud of being the best at exercising their inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the UN Charter. Therefore, the Israeli prime minister had better not even think about attacking Iran, let alone planning for that.
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|Last Updated on 02 October 2013 17:49|