Jalili, Ban stress need for continuation of nuclear talks
Secretary of Iran Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a meeting here Wednesday stressed need for continuation of nuclear talks, IRNA reported.
'Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to help and collaborate with the UN in supporting this international body to achieve its goals regarding peace, security, justice and democracy in the world,' said Jalili.
'World powers' behavior in international relations is discriminatory and paradoxical; Justice is a need in international relations.
'Iranian nation expects the UN to defends Tehran's right for peaceful use of nuclear energy based on the NPT against the politically motivated, illegal actions of some powers.
'The non-cooperation approaches and pressures have not impeded Iranians' progress forward in all fields.
'Preventing sending of weapon to Syria and supporting democratic approaches toward the issue and ignoring the outside pressures can guarantee the improvement of peace efforts both in Syria and in the Mideast region.'
Ban Ki-moon for his part considered the Non-Aligned Movement a good opportunity for developing a better understanding of the international issues among its member-states.
The UN secretary general thanked Iran's cooperation with the international body in case of the nuclear issue, noting that there is no alternative to negotiations and reciprocal steps in resolution of Iran's nuclear issue peacefully.
Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Despite the rules enshrined in the NPT entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.
Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.
Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.