Iran welcomes PGCC stand on peaceful nuclear rights

Iran Materials 11 December 2006 11:44 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - The spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Sunday evening welcomed a statement by leaders of Persian Gulf states at the close of a summit calling for the right of regional countries to use nuclear energy peacefully to be recognized, and called it a positive step in enforcement of this right, reports Trend.

Leaders of the states, in a statement issued Sunday at the close of their two-day Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) summit, said their right to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes was guaranteed under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and safeguards agreement of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

They also called on Israel to cooperate with the IAEA and put its nuclear facilities under the safeguards regime.

Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Iran, which is one of the pioneers of non-proliferation, sees the need to fairly implement the agreement to guarantee peace, stability and security in the region.

He also rejected claims regarding the three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf, namely, Abu Moussa, the Greater and Lesser Tumbs, and said they are "inseperable parts of Iranian territory." He said threadbare claims of ownership devoid of any legal foundation are totally baseless.

Hosseini also stressed that the biased interferences of third parties in the misunderstanding between Iran and the United Arab Emirates over the islands are totally unproductive.