In an interview the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the official in charge of Iran's nuclear case, uttered the latest positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran vis-à-vis the nuclear issue that are as follows:
• Islamic Republic of Iran, unlike what is propagated by some media, intends to possess peaceful nuclear energy within the framework of International Atomic Energy Agency and Non-Proliferation Treaty.
• Islamic Republic of Iran has been and will be compliant to the terms and conditions of NPT. No one accuses Iran of making nuclear bomb. Even the Americans say Iran is a few years away of making nuclear bomb.
• Unfortunately some Western countries, unlike what they express in the press, have said to us in our political negotiations that Iran should not possess nuclear science and technology; which sets a double standard in the world order that we cannot accept.
• Islamic Republic of Iran, like many countries such as Japan, Brazil and or some European countries, wants to enjoy the science and technology of peaceful nuclear energy and play its role among the developing countries in the international arena. Why no one questions Japan's nuclear facilities and their plutonium reserves?
• The best assurances for peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program can include:
1. Concurrence with present condition of IAEA's monitoring and inspections
2. Import of advanced centrifuges with limited enrichment capacity as recommended by some British and American scientists
3. Participation of interested countries in a form of consortium.
• There are various assurances however that can prove Iran is not seeking military nuclear program.
• Provided these assurances are deemed acceptable, Islamic Republic of Iran agrees to send the Additional Protocol to Majlis (Parliament) for ratification.
• Economic development through the use of peaceful nuclear energy has been the permanent policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
• European Union had better act independently than reiterating US positions and come up with new ways based on the rights enshrined in the NPT.
• Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to cooperate with the EU in this regard. It would be better however to avoid litany of threat in such cooperation. Therefore, should the EU changes its tone and recognize Iran's right in peaceful nuclear technology within the framework of the NPT, Iran is ready to fully cooperate with the EU.
• Islamic Republic is prepared to conduct negotiation and cooperation within the same framework with all other countries (except the Zionist Regime).
• Not recognizing Iran's right for peaceful nuclear technology, in contrast with terms of NPT, was a fundamental flaw in EU's August 2005 proposal.
• We believe EU's capabilities and capacities can be utilized in resolving this issue. And we are prepared to cooperate with European Union on a long-term basis. This has been our position in the past which has not been responded positively to by our European counterparts. Signing out of the construction contract of Bushehr power plant by German Siemens, non-delivery of Uranium by French Urudif and non-delivery of fully-paid Uranium for Tehran's research reactor by the US are a few instances of their incomprehensible attitudes. These are the reasons for our mistrust of the West and have enticed us to seek completion of our peaceful nuclear program.
• Today they say Iran can refer to international markets for its nuclear fuel. But seem to have forgotten the fact that Iran has not only referred to the international market but also it has bought some shares of several of these companies including a French firm. But Iran has as yet been unable to receive any uranium from these companies whose 10 percent share it owns.
• Should there be a valid international system to provide nuclear fuel; Islamic Republic is prepared to make its purchases through it. Today however such a system does not exist.
• For the past 250 years, Iran has not invaded nor threatened any country. But this country with its culture and capabilities and facilities is now under pressure. As Iranians we all have the responsibility to correct the American assumption toward Iran. Iran does not make any confrontation with any country; it however has the preparedness to defend itself.
Consulate General of the I.R. IRAN
February 18, 2006