OPINION

Letter to the Editor

Strongly condemning the hostile and baseless claims of Moshe Katsav against the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Embassy informs that the nuclear program of Iran – a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – is absolutely targeting the peaceful goals and based on international laws and conventions so far as well as the monitoring of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors. Unfortunately some powers, which are following their dominative and discriminating policy, are trying to mislead public opinion using propaganda and baseless accusations to create false concerns regarding the legal and natural right of Iran to access this peaceful technology. The recent accusation by Katsav is evaluated along these same lines. These allegations are expressed by the president of a regime which has continued with its occupation, ignoring the basic rights of Palestinians and without any respect for international laws and the concerns of the international community. He is expressing his concern about the peaceful program of (Iran) while his regime has more than 200 nuclear warheads and is the main threat and source of instability. It has refused to join the NPT and is opposing the Free Nuclear Weapons Zone of the Middle East. Unfortunately, the discriminative policy and support of specific countries regarding unjust and anti-peace policies of the Zionist Regime against the Palestinians and other countries has encouraged it to continue its unjust and hostile approach by expressing accusations against Iran which is a victim of terrorism. EMBASSY OF IRAN, Athens. Editor’s note: The Iranian Embassy’s response to the interview with Israeli President Moshe Katsav (February 20, 2006) is published without any editing changes, in order to accurately reflect the Iranian position with regard to Israel.