Iran for global peace, but not halt nuclear drive: Ahmadinejad (Lead)

April 15th, 2009 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Tehran, April 15 (IANS) Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday said that his country would give a new set of proposals to the international community to “secure global peace”, but stressed that there would be no halt in Tehran’s nuclear programme.
Iran has proposals that “will focus on ways to secure global peace and justice, respect to rights of all nations, and participation of all governments and nations in settlement of international crises”, IRNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying at a gathering in the southern city of Kerman.

Iran “believes in dialogue and logic” and is interested in dialogue since it considers dialogue and logic as “best possible ways to administer the entire world”, the Iranian president said.

Ahmadinejad did not elaborate what would be content of his proposals. However, it is believed that the proposals will not only include issues related to its nuclear programme but also the Middle East crisis and other international issues.

Ahmadinejad also reiterated his country’s willingness to resume talks with the world powers, but stressed that there would be no halt of the country’s nuclear development.

Iran was ready “to start a new era and even forget past”, but would not allow any power to impose any limitations on Iran’s nuclear drive, Press TV quoted Ahmadinejad as saying at the same gathering.

“Any country speaking on the basis of selfishness will get the same response the Iranian nation gave to Bush,” he said.

His comments came a day after the administration of US President Barack Obama said it wanted to get Iran back to the negotiation table. There were also reports that US plans not to oppose Iran in continuing uranium enrichment at its present level for some time.

Ahmadinejad said the people of Iran had proved their commitment to logic, dialogue and justice in the past three decades and “no power can impose its will on the Iranian nation”.

The West, especially the US, claims that Iran intends to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of its nuclear programme, a charge Iran has denied.

Iran insists that its nuclear plan is for peaceful purposes, and it will continue its uranium enrichment activity despite pressure and sanctions from Western countries.

The (P5+1) nations, five permanent UN Security Council members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany, have declared their readiness to resume nuclear talks with Iran.

On Sunday, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saaid Jalili had a telephonic conversation with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana. The two agreed on a new round of negotiations, in which US will also take part. But the date and venue of the talks were still not clear.

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