Speaker: N. Energy Symbolizes Iran’s Independence

A00423952.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)-  Iranian Parliament Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said here on Monday that all Iranians, regardless of their political tastes, believe the country should utilize peaceful nuclear technology as the “symbol of its independence.”

“The Americans think if they depict a difficult future to our nation about Iran’s nuclear activities they can affect the parliamentary elections. But they should know that all Iranians have common views about the peaceful use of nuclear energy as the symbol of independence and this insistence on having peaceful nuclear energy has nothing to do with political factions,” Tehran Times quoted Haddad Adel as saying during a press conference.

He said US efforts to compel the UN Security Council to impose new sanctions on the Islamic Republic are unjustified.

Ambassadors from the five veto-wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States) plus Germany met behind closed doors in Berlin on Thursday to draft a third sanctions resolution against Tehran.

The senior lawmaker went on to say that there are important questions about the US motivation as the International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed the “peaceful nature” of Iran’s activities and Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog have developed “good cooperation” and thereby have settled most of the “questions” about its nuclear activities.

The US intelligence agencies have also confirmed that Iran has not deviated towards building nuclear weapons, thus issuing a third sanctions resolution is unjustifiable and “the US should answer the world’s question of why it is pushing for another resolution,” the speaker stated.

“The United States is trying to have a third resolution issued against Iran before (IAEA Director General Mohamed) ElBaradei submits his report (to the Board of Governors) in March…It does not want Iran’s nuclear issue to be resolved through international channels so that it can have a pretext to increase pressure on Iran.”

Bush imagines his “hostile measures” against the Islamic Republic would turn the result of US presidential elections to the advantage of the Republicans and he would have an opportunity to cover up his repeated failures in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine, Haddad-Adel noted

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