Iran's diplomat condemns technological apartheid

Iran Materials 23 June 2006 14:22 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - An Iranian diplomat said on Thursday developing countries are moving towards destroying technological apartheid.

Delivering a speech among party members and scholars of Austria, Iran's deputy chief nuclear negotiator Javad Vaeedi said Iran is trying to access advanced technologies including the local nuclear know-how, reports Trend.

Referring to reliance of Iran to its local capability, Vaeedi said Iranian officials do not expect the US and the Europeans to help Iranians' access nuclear technology.

Vaeedi recalled Iran's international commitments towards its nuclear program, saying it has fulfilled its cooperation beyond its legal commitments to remove ambiguities and concerns of the International community.

"Iran's efforts to join disarmament treaties particularly weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East is a sign that its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes," he said.

Pointing to Iran's increasing cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, he said according to the latest report of the AEA Secretary General Mohamed Elbaradei the activities are not weapon-grade.

Vaeedi further said Iran insists on its right to access peaceful nuclear technology within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and will not abandon it.

"We welcome any solution to remove ambiguities about possible diversions in the uranium enrichment process in Iran," he reiterated.

He said Iran stressed continuation of nuclear negotiations, adding any measure by the United Nations Security Council means the end of negotiations.