Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili (R) shakes hands with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Tehran, August 29, 2012.
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili urges the UN to stand against the “hostile and illegal” attitude of certain powers against the Iranian nation and defend Tehran’s nuclear energy rights.
“The Iranian nation expects the United Nations to take action against the hostile and illegal behavior of certain powers against the Iranian people and defend Iran's nuclear rights within the framework of the [nuclear] Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” Jalili said in a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Tehran on Wednesday.
He added that the UN has a duty to defend the rights of nations and establish peace and expressed the Islamic Republic’s readiness to interact and cooperate with the purpose of establishing peace, security, justice and democracy at an international level.
The SNSC secretary pointed to the hegemonic attitude of certain powers in international relations and emphasized that these powers should not claim - hypocritically - to advocate democracy in various countries while seeking to impose their illegitimate demands on nations through pressure in contradiction with all principles of democracy.
Jalili said that the pressure by certain powers against Iran has failed to stop the Iranian nation from proceeding with the path of progress, adding that Iran's economic advancement, political development and enhancement of scientific and technological capability has turned the country into a model for all independent nations across the globe.
Referring to the issue of the Syrian crisis, the top Iranian official said that blocking the dispatch of weapons and acts of terror along with support for democratic strategies would prepare the ground for real reforms in Syria and safeguard stability and security in the region.
The UN chief, for his part, said the Iranian government and nation are spreading human civilization, adding that the NAM summit in Tehran would be a proper opportunity for countries to express their views.
He also expressed his appreciation of Iran's cooperation on the nuclear energy issue and stressed the importance of negotiations and reciprocal measures as the sole peaceful solutions to the issue.
The UN secretary general is currently in Iran on a two-day visit to attend the 16th NAM summit.
More than 100 countries are partaking in the NAM summit which began at the expert-level in Tehran on Sunday.
At the opening ceremony of the NAM expert-level meeting, Iran assumed the rotating presidency of the movement for three years. Egypt's Ambassador to the United Nations Mootaz Khalil formally handed over the presidency to Iran.