Following are excerpts from a press conference held by Ali Larijani, Secretary of the Iranian Supreme Council for National Security, aired on the Iranian News Channel (IRINN) on February 1, 2006.
Ali Larijani: Some leaders,
like the leader of America,
often use the term "atomic bomb"
in their propaganda about Iran.
He considers Iran's nuclear
technology and research
to be synonymous to a bomb.
I don't know why Mr. Bush
tells such a big lie.
It is inappropriate for leaders to tell such obvious lies.
is subject to the supervision
of the IAEA and its inspectors, and no reasonable person
would say that it is possible
to manufacture nuclear weapons under such inspection.
The European problem is that some
European countries believe that the Iranian people
should not have nuclear knowledge.
They do not say so in their propaganda,
but they tell us this in closed meetings.
They say: "You must not have
nuclear know-how and knowledge."
I ask them to say publicly
what they say in closed meetings.
They should say that they want
to classify nations into two groups:
One that should have
nuclear knowledge and one that should not.
They want to form a modern world order of masters and subjects.
This is the truth.
They do not want nuclear knowledge
to improve the Iranian people's status.
The rest is propaganda.
They know that Iran
is not pursuing (nuclear) weapons.
Sanctions is the kind of thing they fear more than us.
As soon as some European countries mentioned sanctions at the meeting in Germany, oil prices began to rise.
If they do this, will not be the only ones to be harmed.
They will be harmed more than us.
For Iran there are still ways of dealing with this.
We do not recommend
that they use such methods,
but if they do, they should
expect a response.
We recommend that you
learn a lesson from history.
Do not repeat what you have
done in the past and regretted.
The Iranian people
is zealous and brave.
Do not toy with pride of
because you will face
a firm response.
Things will change for you.
Your interests in the region will be harmed.
Saketi, Dubai TV: We recently heard
that a company called Hara
is building tunnels, 50 meters deep, for nuclear purposes.
Do you have any comment?
Ali Larijani: It seems that in the world of politics, lying is not such a big deal.
When Mr. Bush himself tells such big lies, don't be surprised when reports like this are published.
We don't need tunnels.
We conduct our nuclear research in full view of the IAEA, not in tunnels. But even if we have tunnels, this should not be a problem.
Barbara Slavin, USA Today: I'd like to ask you first about the IAEA report
that there were
15 pages of documents
showing how to turn
uranium metal into a weapon.
If Iran says that its program
is for peaceful purposes,
what were you doing in possession
of 15 pages of documents,
to make a weapon?
Ali Larijani: I think there was a mistake in these figures. It was not 15 pages
but a page and a half. If anyone here can make a bomb with a page and a half, I will coat him in gold. How can anyone build a bomb with a page and a half of information?
I said to Mr. Al-Baradei: You yourself know what this page and a half is worth.
Others are using this as a pretext.
This document is
in the hands of the IAEA.
It is just a page and a half long.
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