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14:20 | 2012-10-03


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Iran Renews Resolve to Restore N. Rights

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's mission to the United Nations deplored the "baseless" allegations raised by Canadian Foreign Minister John Russell Baird against Iran's peaceful nuclear program, and stressed that Tehran will not give up its inalienable nuclear rights.

Speaking on the last day of the two-week-long debates at the General Assembly's 67th annual session, Baird declared, "Today, the most significant threat to global peace and security remains the regime in Iran."

"Canada," he said, "urges Iran to comply with its international nuclear obligations and to cease sensitive enrichment activities."

In Reply, Iran's mission lashed out at Canada and certain western states for their "double-standard" policies towards Iran's nuclear issue.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran like other members of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is entitled to the inalienable right to develop, research, produce and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and Iran is resolved to safeguard this inalienable rights," Iran's mission said in a statement on Wednesday, while renewing Tehran's commitment to all undertakings within the framework of the NPT.

The statement pointed to the Zionist regime of Israel's nuclear arsenals, and called the regime as "the sole source of insecurity and instability in the Middle-East and beyond it".

Israel is believed to be the sole possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle-East with over 200 ready-to-launch warheads in its stockpile.

Meantime, Israel and its close ally the United States accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.