Tehran, Feb 18, IRNA – President’s Chief of Staff Mohammad Nahavandian said Wednesday the US has to be courageous enough to change the route to Iranian nuclear dispute.
Speaking during a meeting in Tehran with Secretary-General of Norway Foreign Ministry Wegger Strommen, Nahavandian said sending Iran’s nuclear case to the UN Security Council was ‘a big mistake’.
Now it has become evident that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons and therefore all sanctions imposed on the country under the pretext of its nuclear program has to be lifted, Nahavandian said.
Scientific and technological progress have become a source of national pride, Nahavandian said, adding that the government will defend Iranian scientists’ achievements in all areas of modern technologies.
The Norwegian official, for his part, expressed concern about waves of terrorism in the region which is being orchestrated in the name of Islam, calling for collective efforts to root out terrorism and extremism.
Strommen said that it is a blatant mistake to liken Islam with the acts of violence going on across the region or link the two.
Underlining Iran’s role in regional developments, Strommen said that Iran can play a key role in the region, particularly in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.
He expressed hope that nuclear talks between Iran and the six governments would yield fruit in the near future, calling for enhanced relations between Tehran and Oslo in different areas particularly in the area of oil and gas.