Spanish daily urges moderate solution to Iran's N-case

Iran Materials 28 February 2007 16:58 (UTC +04:00)

( IRNA ) - The Spanish daily `El Pais' on Tuesday stressed the need to come up with a moderate solution to Iran's nuclear case that would preserve Iran's rights and remove the West's concerns.

The daily, in an article, said that although the West was doubtful of whether Iran has the intent to produce nuclear bombs, nothing has been proved in this regard.

On the other hand, it added, mounting pressure on Iran would make it quit the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

No evidence is available proving Iran has violated the NPT and the West's accusations stem mainly from its lack of confidence, it said.

The article believes Iran has the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, saying the NPT, to which Iran is a signatory, gives Iran the right to enrich uranium under surveillance by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

It said Iran would do well not to withdraw from the NPT inspite of mounting pressure and urged it to continue conducting its nuclear activities under IAEA supervision.

El Pais said nuclear powers have not implemented NPT provisions which call for dismantling of nuclear weapons since 1968, and criticized the double standards applied on Iran's nuclear program.

Iran is under pressure for its nuclear program while Israel, which has not signed the NPT, is allowed to have nuclear weapons, it added.

The daily said the Iraqi issue was another reason behind the the West's increasing pressure on Iran, adding that the US has lost its prestige because it has launched at attack on Iraq under a pretext to fight against its weapons of mass destruction but found no weapons.

It lashed out at the US warmongering attitude to freeze Iran's assets abroad and cautioned that the move would harm finding a solution to Iran's nuclear case.

Iranians currently know they have turned into a necessary factor to resolve regional crises in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon, it further stated.