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Envoy Raps West's Double-Standard Polices on N. Acquisition.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran's envoy to Moscow slammed West's double-standard policies on the acquisition of nuclear technology by different states, saying western states pressurize Iran to give up its internationally acknowledged right of access to civilian nuclear technology, while they have kept silent on Israel's nuclear arsenals.

"We have officially declared that we are not seeking nuclear bombs, we are a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the International Atomic Energy Agency cameras have been installed in our facilities," Iran's Ambassador to Russia Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said. "However, they say that we do not trust Iran, whereas the whole world knows that Israel has not signed NPT and does now allow the IAEA inspectors to monitor its nuclear facilities," he continued.The diplomat further stated that the West has informed Tehran that no more pressures would be exerted on Iran's nuclear programs and activities once the Islamic Republic ends its opposition and pressures on Israel."They told us that if you stop pressures on Israel, you would have no problem in the international communities, including the UN," he said."They sent us a message saying that, if you restrict relations with Palestine, we would solve your nuclear issue," Sajjadi said.Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry. Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's illegitimate calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

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Date:Jun 13, 2010
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