Tehran slams France for ‘baseless’ nuclear allegations

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has condemned as “meddlesome and baseless” the recent allegations by the French defense minister about Iran’s nuclear energy activities.

“Instead of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, they (French officials) should consider reforming the deplorable situation of human rights in their own country,” Mehmanparast said on Sunday.

The Iranian official cited the violence and torture practiced against the French citizens and refugees, the racial discrimination and death of French citizens in prisons as some of the instances of human rights abuses in France, saying that these acts have already drawn the condemnation of international organizations.

“The dual behavior of those who pretend to advocate freedom of expression is not something new and our wise people are aware of these desperate moves.”

Mehmanparast reiterated that sanctions and pressure cannot force the Iranian nation to retreat from its basic rights to develop and possess nuclear energy, and advised the French government to adopt a realistic approach instead of “irrational behavior and remarks.”

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Saturday repeated the unfounded Western allegations that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program and called for the intensification of the US-led sanctions against Tehran.

Iran has vehemently rejected the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear energy program has been diverted toward non-civilian objectives.

Mehmanparast reaffirmed the peaceful and transparent nature of Iran’s nuclear activities and cited the Islamic Republic’s “close and continuous” cooperation with the IAEA as indicative of the same notion.

Mehmanparast further described the Israeli regime and its Western allies as the root of insecurity and instability in the region.

“The root of regional insecurity and instability is the Zionist regime (Israel) and its Western supporters as well as all those who are active in supplying weapons and also sowing the seeds of discord among the Muslim nations of the region and intensifying conflicts and bloodshed.”

By Press TV


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