Iran not planning to pull out of NPT: deputy foreign minister

Iran Materials 26 December 2006 16:40 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Iran currently has no intention of quitting the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and will continue its peaceful nuclear activities, a senior Iranian official said here Tuesday.

The remark was made by Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Mostafavi while speaking to reporters, reports Trend.

"Iran will not remain indifferent towards the UN Security Council's illegal and unfair measure (adoption of a resolution against the country's peaceful nuclear activities).

"We will adopt necessary measure based on our national will," he said.

He added, "The first step towards producing nuclear fuel on industrial scale will start during the `Ten-Day Dawn' celebrations (February 1-10, marking the victory of the Islamic Revolution).

"Iran has explicitly announced it is not after acquiring nuclear weapons. In political and ideological terms and based on the fatwa religious decree) of the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) and according to the strategic principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran we do not consider nuclear weapons as a means for establishment of peace in the region."

Mostafavi stressed, "The main point in the Security Council's resolution is that demands of Group 5+1 (the five permanent members of the Security Council -- Russia, Britain, France, China and the US - plus Germany) are beyond NPT regulations.

"It also had a dual attitude towards signatories to the NPT." He said, "The Iranian government and nation will not accept the demands which Group 5+1 and the Security Council intend to impose on the country beyond regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the NPT.

"Based on the NPT, all countries have the right to access nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Other states are also duty-bound to provide the NPT signatories with necessary research facilities needed for nuclear activities."