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Iran Stresses It's Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purpose
2006-2-9 15:05:31    CRIENGLISH.com

Iran develops nuclear energy for peaceful purpose and would not be afraid of a possible military action from western countries, visiting Iranian Vice President Isfandyar Rahim Mashaee said in Jakarta Thursday.

To prove that it only develops nuclear for peaceful purposes, Iran invited other countries to invest in its uranium enrichment, the vice president told a joint press conference with his Indonesian counterpart Jusuf Kalla after a meeting at the Indonesian Vice Presidential office here.

Regarding the recent statement of U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of possibility launching military strikes on Iran, the Iranian vice president said that Iran would not be afraid of such actions.

"We are not afraid of the attacks from the United States or other countries on the Iranian nuclear installation, because we do not have something being hidden. We do not have an installation to make nuclear bomb," he said.

"It (to launch the attacks) is not as easy as they imagine, Iran is not Iraq, Iran is not Afghanistan," the Iranian vice president said.

U.S. ambassador to Indonesia Lynn Pascoe said recently that Iran had been trying to hide certain phases of its nuclear proliferation.

"We want the elimination of double standard of (U.S.), because it is the right of all countries to use and imply sophisticated technology, in this case nuclear energy for peaceful purpose," said Isfandar.

On the same occasion, Indonesian vice president Jusuf Kalla opposed the US possible plan of launching military action on Iran.

"One country can not be justified to attack or punish another country only based on suspicions, based on that the people have ability," said Kalla.

Indonesia abstained on the result of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting in Vienna Austria last weekend to report Iran soon to the United Nations Security Council.

(Source: Xinhua)

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