Sunday Jun 16, 201306:59 AM GMT
Iran independent of world power blocs: Foreign Ministry
A file photo of an entrance to Iran’s Foreign Ministry building
A file photo of an entrance to Iran’s Foreign Ministry building
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi has reiterated that the Islamic Republic is independent of all global powers and political blocs.


“The Islamic Republic of Iran relies on its own people,” Araqchi said in a Saturday TV interview.

“Iran has been able to present a good policy with regard to key regional issues such as Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq,” he added.

The senior Iranian diplomat pointed to the country’s presidential election on June 14th and noted that the development will not affect Tehran’s policies on issues where national interests lie.

One such issue, Araqchi said, is Iran's ownership of the three Persian Gulf islands of the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa.

The three islands have historically been part of Iran, proof of which can be found in and corroborated by countless historical, legal, and geographical documents in Iran and other parts of the world, but the United Arab Emirates has repeatedly laid baseless claims to the islands.

Araqchi added that the change in administrations will not change Iran's policies on defending its nuclear energy rights either. The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program and have used the unfounded accusation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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