Iran follows peaceful objectives, deputy foreign minister

Iran Materials 9 December 2006 11:25 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Deputy foreign minister for Euro-American Affairs, Saeed Jalili, said on Friday that Iran seeks peace and its nuclear program is in full consistency with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards.

Jalili made the remark in an interview with Wednesday program of a Bulgarian radio service during his visit to Bulgaria last week, reports Trend.

He stressed full compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and said, "Iran has repeatedly been supported by the international community and many countries have announced support for the country's (peaceful) nuclear program."

In reply to a question on the possibility of imposition of sanctions against Iran, he said Iranian nation had already been subject to 27 years of sanctions, including supply of the commercial planes' equipment.

The deputy foreign minister referred to rich oil and gas reserves in Iran and said many countries, issuing sanctions against Iran, are in fact returning negative consequences of the sanctions to themselves.

The Iranian official is on a visit to Bulgaria on an invitation by his Bulgarian counterpart.

Jalili cited economic, political and cultural issues as the main topics under discussion with Bulgarian officials during his visit to the country.