Ahmadinejad: Global Security Disturbed by Arms Race

A0220669.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stressed that the current tight arms race in the world has caused such vast and deteriorating global insecurity that no country feels safe anymore.

Speaking to reporters during his third press conference on the occasion of the Government Week (August 24-30), the President said that the world is dominated by an atmosphere of insecurity due to the existing arms race, and further reminded that as the gap between the deprived and rich states has widened during the last 60 years, an atmosphere of threat has prevailed in the world.

He said politics has turned into a tool of deceit used for looting other countries, adding that there is no trace of human honor and grandeur in political diplomacy of the world today.

Ahmadinejad lashed out at the US and Britain for their aggressions against Iran and their looting of Iranians’ possessions, mentioning that their belligerent attitude towards Iran is still continued.

Saying that the US and UK are the sources of many wars, conflicts and oppressions, he censured the decision making process of the UN Security Council and pointed out that the US and UK are imposing their decisions on 180 other states and regard themselves as owners of the entire world.

“The US and UK consider themselves as the victors of World War II and they believe that the other nations should obey them for the aforesaid reason,” he stated.

The Iranian President asked, “Why should other nations pay the price for World War II while they had no role in that war? How long should such a situation prevail in the world?”

Stressing that Iran does not accept the US policy on running the world affairs, Ahmadinejad continued, “We consider this policy and behavior as hegemonic and unilateral,” and further invited US President George W. Bush to attend a televised program to debate the issue.

“We can present our view points to the world public opinion to find out which one is favored by the world nations,” the Iranian President stressed.

Meantime, he made conditional his participation in such a televised debate on 100 percent transparency of the setting and guaranteed freedom of speech, reiterating that he must be ascertained that such a discussion is not censured in the US and world media.

He underscored, “Now the time has arrived for the establishment of international relations on the basis of democracy, justice and equal rights for all nations.”

Meantime, Ahmadinejad stressed that the Iranian nation favors peace and friendship while it may not give in to intimidation and force.

“We believe we can resolve various world issues through negotiations,” he said, pointing to the country’s nuclear issue.

He said Iran’s response to the P5+1 package of incentives paved the way for the resumption of talks with Europe, underlining that if the other party is logical and peace-loving, “then it should welcome Tehran’s proposals as they have paved a convenient path for resolving the issues and problems existing between Iran and the west.”

The chief executive official mentioned, “Despite the bad approach of the West, we have provided a highly exceptional opportunity for solving the nuclear issue.”

He reminded that while Iran was handling Europe’s proposal positively, the westerners issued a resolution against the country at the UN Security Council, saying that after the resolution was issued, the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in a phone conversation with him, criticized the measure as a hasty move by the UNSC member states.

Pointing to his country’s good intentions in the face of the nuclear case, Ahmadinejad reminded that Iran could have required P5+1 member states to prove their honesty before Tehran started assessment of the incentives package.

“However, we provided them with an exceptional opportunity to solve the existing problems,” he said.

Asked if Tehran has embraced a milder approach in its foreign policy, the Iranian President underlined that his country may not change or shift its nuclear stances and foreign policy.

He asserted that the country’s foreign policy has always been what it is at present and that Iran is seeking to eliminate the root causes of tensions.

Asked about Iran’s likely reaction if UN Secretary-General demands suspension of its enrichment activities, Ahmadinejad reminded that Kofi Annan should proceed within the framework of international laws.

The chief executive said that no party is entitled to any special rights or privileges.

The president said that Iran’s stance in the face of the issue is quite clear, adding that there is no need to elaborate on it.

Ahmadinejad said that his country has mentioned all its view points in its response to the P5+1 package of incentives, and stressed once again that Iran may not give up even an iota of its nuclear rights.

“We are entitled to gain access to peaceful nuclear technology and no one can deprive us of this right,” he reiterated.

The Iranian President reminded that the world public opinion approves of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities, adding “member states of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), The Eight Developing Countries (D8) and Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) have all approved of Iran’s nuclear rights and activities, but some world states imagine themselves as the entire world.”

“They should not think so, because such relations and approaches belong to the era of World War II and have expired long ago,” Ahmadinejad continued.

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