Iran ready for talks on N-issue: Ahmadinejad
The Iranian president says Tehran is ready to negotiate on the nuclear issue within the framework of Non-Proliferation Treaty.Updated: Feb 14, 2007 11:59 IST
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Tehran is "opposed to any proliferation" of nuclear weapons and is always ready to negotiate about its atomic programme.
"We are opposed to any proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and nuclear weapons. We believe that the time is now over for nuclear weapons.
It's a time for logic, for rationality, and for civilisation," Ahmadinejad told ABC news.
"We're always ready to talk within the framework of regulations and as long as the rights of the nations are safeguarded".
He denied suggestions that he sought conflict with the US, saying Iran was "trying to find ways to love people".
Ahmadinejad said Iran was ready to negotiate on the nuclear issue within the framework of Non-Proliferation Treaty and the relationship it has with International Atomic Energy Agency.
"We are a member of the agency, and we would like to benefit from what -- the rights we're entitled to. And within this framework we are ready to negotiate" he maintained.
Asked if Iran was heading towards installing the 3000 centrifuges and whether an announcement is expected on this subject on April 9, the Iranian leader said "We will say it clear when the time comes."
In the wide ranging interview that the network has been broadcasting in parts, the Iranian President criticised US President Bush for taking aggressive stand against Tehran.
"The American President doesn't feel obliged to speak within any framework of law. He thinks to be above the law.
We work within the framework of agency and NPT. And we work based on laws and regulations.
And we want to have what we are entitled to, not more and not less," he said. "Please allow the Palestinians to decide and please respect their decision. But please give them the opportunity for decision-making".
He accused Israel of massacres, of making Palestinians homeless, and of dividing families by imprisoning many Palestinian men.
Asked about his attitude towards Israel, Ahmadinejad called for a referendum among Palestinians on their future.
"We believe that in Palestine there should be a referendum. And Palestinians, Muslims, Jews, Christians -- any Palestinian, and this is based on international regulations," Ahmadinejad said.
Asked if he was willing to travel to Auschwitz and Nuremberg for documentations on the Holocaust, the Iranian leader asked what purpose this would serve.
"One of the methods used for concealing the truth is diverting the topic. The question is, if Holocaust is true, how is it related to the Palestinian issue?
Why, for the excuse of the Holocaust, we have an illegitimate government in the Palestine?
Why in the name of the Holocaust do we allow people to occupy the land of some and make them refugees and kill children and innocent people on the street?
"These are the questions which must be answered by American politicians," Ahmadinejad said.
On the execution of Saddam Hussein and his reaction the Ahmadinejad said if a "criminal" is eliminated everybody is happy.
But added if the US had not supported Saddam, he would never have attacked Iran or Kuwait.
First Published: Feb 14, 2007 11:59 IST