US must make real change in policies, says Iran
05 January, 2013
TEHRAN: Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili has lashed out at the United States for pursuing dual attitude to countries, saying Washington must make a real change in its policies.
"The US attitude has led to the highest level of public hatred in countries from East Asia to the Horn of Africa. The Americans need to make a real change in their policies," Jalili told reporters at a press conference in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on Friday. "They must stop dual attitudes and respect rationality and wisdom of nations. World people are well monitoring the US attitudes," he added.
He emphasized that the era of unilateralism has come to an end, saying no one has given the right to the US and other powers to decide on relations among countries.
The SNSC secretary stated that US acted in full contradiction to its claims about democracy in its foreign policy, saying Washington's approach towards the Islamic Republic of Iran is a very clear example to this.
Jalili added that after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran some 33 years ago, "the US made its utmost efforts to counter such a democracy and used its utmost capacity to impede the progress of this democracy."
However, all countries today admit that Iran not only managed to resist against the US moves over the past 33 years, but made considerable progress, he pointed out.
He noted that the US dual policies have not been limited only to Iran, adding Washington has been a main supporter and ally of many dictators in the region over recent decades.
The SNSC secretary also insisted on Iran's right to use nuclear energy, saying, "As an active member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran emphasizes on simultaneous fulfillment of duties and the full use of all its nuclear energy rights."
He added that Iran would not permit any one to impose more duties on the country and reduce its rights in contradiction to international regulations. Jalili noted that Iran has "constant and continual" cooperation with the IAEA "because we believe that strategies for peaceful nuclear cooperation and non-proliferation of atomic weapons should be developed."
Meanwhile, Iran's top nuclear negotiator on Friday welcomed the return of leading world powers to talks over the country's disputed atomic programme, but urged them "not to repeat their past mistakes".
Talks stalled in June when Iran rejected a proposal to suspend part of its nuclear programme, asking for more substantial relief from sanctions.
Saeed Jalili, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said Friday that Iran had invited world powers to resolve the impasse six months ago, which had now been considered.
"There was a six-month delay but they recently announced they are ready to come back for talks," he told journalists at the Iranian embassy during a trip to New Delhi.
"We welcome their return to the talks. We hope that they will come to the talks with a constructive approach and (that) they will not repeat their past mistakes," he added, without elaborating.
The last round of talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1 powers — the United States, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain — yielded no breakthrough in Moscow in June. In late November the six powers engaging Iran over its nuclear programme said they were willing to hold a new round of negotiations with Tehran.
Western powers accuse Iran of seeking to acquire a weapons capability under the guise of its nuclear energy programme. Iran denies the charge, saying its work is for peaceful purposes only.