Diplomacy should be directed toward national interests: Larijani

November 29, 2007 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Former Supreme National Security Council secretary Ali Larijani on Wednesday said that the West is seeking to reduce Iran’s power in the region, therefore “we should cleverly direct our diplomacy towards national interests.”

Addressing a students meeting at Isfahan University of Technology, Larijani said, “Iran has reached a good level in nuclear technology due to its steadfastness and today their (Western) theorists say they should accept that Iran has gained access to nuclear technology,” ISNA news agency reported.
The former chief nuclear negotiator said International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has repeatedly said that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program and has even endorsed a confirmation by experts that Iran is many years away from being able to develop an atomic bomb even if it wished.
He added that the country requires a strategic management and a strategic management does not contradict a management based on negotiations and logic.
“We should have a logical management according to the Islamic principles and being logical is not in contrast with being revolutionary,” Larijani observed