Sunday, April 17, 2005

Most Europeans back Nuclear Iran

Iran announced on Sunday that most European states support the Islamic Republic’s right to make use of nuclear energy for civilian purposes and there are only some differences over objective guarantees that Iran’s nuclear program will remain peaceful.

There is a new approach among most European countries that Iran has an inalienable right to make peaceful use of nuclear technology,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told a regular news briefing.

Currently, the issue of objective guarantees is not clear to them (Europeans) and efforts should be made to specify the issue and we hope the Europeans would present clear proposals for reaching objective and firm guarantees.”

Iran, in a goodwill gesture has suspended all uranium enrichment-related activities to prove that its nuclear program is only geared for producing electricity to meet the rising demands but it has announced the suspension would be short-lived and cannot last for a long time.

“The (uranium enrichment) suspension is a voluntary and temporary decision and will not last long,” Asefi said. “In the next meetings it will become clear where we go.