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News number: 8808171250

15:16 | 2009-11-08

Nuclear

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President: West Fearing Iran's Successes in N. Technology

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian president said that the issue of Tehran's peaceful nuclear program has been over-politicized in recent years, adding that the West fears Tehran's access to nuclear know-how rather than its capability to produce a nuclear bomb.



"The [Western] powers are in fact afraid of Iran's many accomplishments in nuclear technology, rather than its capability to produce a nuclear bomb," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Turkey's TRT TV channel.

President Ahmadinejad insisted that he does not intend to "come between Turkey and its western neighbors".

"Iran has asked Turkey to strengthen ties with its eastern neighbors, but this should not be seen as a call for Turkey to break ties with Western countries," Ahmadinejad reiterated.

The Iranian president made the comments as he prepares for a three-day conference of the Permanent Committee of Social and Economic Cooperation (COMSEC), which kicks off in Istanbul on Sunday.

On a different note, Ahmadinejad said he supported Turkey's bid to become a full member of the European Union, adding that it would "promote EU credibility even more".

Turkey's accession to the EU has been a subject of heated debate over the past few years. The country began full membership negotiations with European countries in 2005.