Iran Proposes Investment Guarantees to German Firms

picture7.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iran is ready to offer investment guarantees to German companies, an official said Monday.

“We will give them guarantees for their investments,” Iranian deputy foreign minister Mehdi Safari told the Financial Times Deutschland in an interview.

“We are open to all kinds of companies.”

Safari, who is to tour Germany in the coming months, said that companies which wished to do so could do business “without a lot of publicity”.

A German firm that sought recently to sell a liquefied natural gas installation to Iran faced harsh criticism by Israel and Zionist lobbies as a result of which the German government called on others to show “tact” and “moral sense” in dealings with Tehran.

Iran is under UN Security Council sanctions over its progress in the civilian nuclear technology, but German officials had confirmed that the recent deal did not violate the rules.

Israel mounted pressure on Germany to cancel its approval of the deal between Iran and Steiner-Prematechnik-Gastec Co. after the German Federal Agency for Economics and Export Control approved the deal earlier this month.

According to the deal, SPG-Steiner will apply its method of turning gas into liquid fuel at three plants in Iran. The German firm’s expertise is reported to be unequalled in this field.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said that Germany, Great Britain and France were undermining international efforts to isolate Iran. Israel and Germany held high-level talks on the matter.

Israel accuses Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while it possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads. Tel Aviv has never presented any corroborative document to substantiate its allegations.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting 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.

Iran has also insisted that it would continue enriching uranium because it needs to provide fuel to a 300-megawatt light-water reactor it is building in the southwestern town of Darkhoveyn as well as its first nuclear power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr.

Tel Aviv and Washington have recently intensified their threats to launch military action against Iran to make Tehran drop what they allege to be a non-peaceful nuclear program, while a recent report by 16 US intelligence bodies endorsed the civilian nature of Iran’s nuclear plans and activities.

Following the US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) and similar reports by the IAEA head – one in November and the other one in February – which praised Iran’s truthfulness about key aspects of its past nuclear activities and announced settlement of outstanding issues with Tehran, any effort to impose further sanctions or launch military attack on Iran seems to be completely irrational.

The February report by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, praised Iran’s cooperation in clearing up all of the past questions over its nuclear program, vindicating Iran’s nuclear program and leaving no justification for any new UN sanctions.

The UN nuclear watchdog has so far carried out at least 14 surprise inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites, but found nothing to support the allegations.

Following the said reports by the US and international bodies, many world states have called the UN Security Council pressure against Tehran unjustified, demanding that Iran’s case must be normalized and returned from the UNSC to the IAEA.

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