|Iran’s ethical principles forever deter nation from producing WMDs: Rouhani||
TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says that Iran’s policy is based on détente and confidence-building with the outside world, particularly neighboring countries, but he underlined that Tehran will not compromise on its red lines.
“We are ready to talk to everyone. We will settle any dispute in a brotherly and friendly manner based on an equal footing and mutual respect. Our red lines are our independence, national interests, and values,” Rouhani said in an address to senior officials of the Iranian Defense Ministry in Tehran on Saturday.
“We are keen to develop friendship and constructive interaction with all. We do not want to attack anyone… and we do not allow anybody to attack us. And if anyone decides to invade our country, we will firmly confront them as we did so during the eight-year Sacred Defense (the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war),” he noted.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said that Iran does not seek to acquire weapons of mass destruction, which is also one of the country’s red lines.
Iran’s “beliefs” and commitment to “ethical principles” -- not just the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) -- prevent it from producing WMDs, he stated.
“We signed these treaties to show the world we are not seeking such weapons,” he said, adding, “Even if there were no NPT or other treaties, our belief, faith, fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), and principles prevent us from seeking weapons of mass destruction.”
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