US must make real change in policies: Iran SNSC secretary
Fri Jan 4, 2013 9:43AM
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.” Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed JaliliSecretary 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.” The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran refutes the allegation and argues that as a signatory to the NPT and a member of the IAEA, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. SF/MA/AZ