'Tehran Declaration can solve N-issues'

Iran Materials 15 August 2010 11:46 (UTC +04:00)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Tehran Declaration provides solutions to the world nuclear problems by transforming confrontational attitudes.

"The main objective of the Tehran Declaration was to avert confrontation and boost cooperation," said the Iranian chief executive in an exclusive interview with Press TV, aired on August 15.

Iran, Brazil and Turkey drew up the declaration in May as part of the trilateral efforts to resolve Iran's stand-off with the West over its nuclear program.

President Ahmadinejad further pointed out that the agreement "seeks to promote equal opportunities for all nations through dialogue and communication rather than divergence."

Under the declaration, Tehran agrees to send some 1,200 kg of its 3.5 percent-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 120 kg of 20 percent-enriched uranium.

He further pointed out that the swapping of Iran's low-enriched uranium (LEU) with the fuel as mentioned in the declaration is only one part of the agreement.

The declaration received a warm welcome from different heads of states and international organizations, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

In addition, 118 members of Non-Alignment Movement have thrown the bloc's weight behind the trilateral nuclear fuel swap declaration and voiced support for the Islamic Republic's "inalienable rights" to peaceful nuclear activities.

However, the West cold-shouldered Tehran's confidence-building move and imposed new round of sanctions on the country.

The Iranian president hinted at the West's hypocrisy in cold-shouldering the declaration and said, "Those who seek confrontation became unhappy about the confidence-building measure of the Islamic Republic."

"Their problem is not the lack of trust as they know that we need 20 percent-enriched uranium for our reactor to produce electricity," Ahmadinejad added.

"In fact, the nuclear reactor will need at least 27 tons of this uranium annually to produce power at the plant built by Russians," he noted. "We need to produce 20,000 megawatts of electricity for the country."

He made a reference to the US willingness to engage in nuclear discussions within the framework of the Vienna Group, comprising of the US, Russia, France and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and expressed hope that more talks could end in result.

Asked about the threats of war against the country, the Iranian president stated that all the talks about war are part of a psychological warfare against the Islamic Republic.

He advised the West to "abandon the war rhetoric," emphasizing that Iran will continue on its path despite "their belligerent literature."

"Nothing will hamper Iran's efforts but the kind of literature will only harm international diplomacy as the Islamic Republic will not compromise," he went on to say.

President Ahmadinejad also noted that the presence of the US-led forces in the region threatens to spread the violence and insecurity eastwards in order to undermine the fast-developing countries such as India and China.

The Iranian chief executive said Iran has helped Iraq and Afghanistan fight the instability instigated by foreign forces.

President Ahmadinejad also explained that the US made a big mistake to drag NATO into the war in Afghanistan and expand its eastwardly activities.