16 December 2008

Press Statement of the Mission regarding

the statement made by Secretary Rice after the meeting of 5+1 with some Arab countries in

New York, 16 December 2008

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The statement by the US Secretary of State in labeling certain baseless allegations against the Islamic Republic of Iran yet again puts on display the ill-intended policies of the United States in distorting the realities about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program and about Iran’s constructive role in the region.

Iran’s nuclear program has been, is and will remain peaceful. It presents no threat to regional or international peace and security. The realities on the ground as well as the IAEA’s reports attest to the peacefulness of this program .Iran’s peaceful nuclear program has no relations to security issues as it is a right to peaceful uses of nuclear technology that is enshrined in the NPT, and is a right in the framework of the right to development that the Islamic republic of Iran is exercising for its economic development.

This is not the first time that the US tries to divert the international community’s attention from where it should be focused, i.e. the crimes of the Israeli regime in the Palestinian territories, particularly in the Gaza Strip, by trying to organize unnecessary and inappropriate meetings on issues that have no relations to either regional or international security. While a whole population in the Gaza Strip is being slowly eliminated by the Israeli regime and while the international community is in shock and anguish over the horrendous Israeli war crimes against the innocent Palestinian people in the Gaza strip, the US tries to divert the attentions in one way or the other. Countries of the region are aware of this US ploy and they have shown their discontent with it in various ways.

If there is one thing that the people in the Persian Gulf region are concerned about that is the interference of the United States in the region and its tired divisive policies and practices that is futilely aimed at creating divisions in order to pursue its own narrow political aims and to serve the interests of the Israeli regime.

Iran as a pillar for stability and development in the Persian Gulf region and in the Middle East attaches high importance to the stability, security and prosperity of the region and has highly contributed to that end. Iran enjoys cordial and strong brotherly relations with the countries in the Persian Gulf region and beyond and no amount of futile endeavors by the United States or others will be able to affect this important fact.

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