Foreign Ministry: peaceful use of nuke technology is Iran’s legitimate right [Archives:2006/940/Local News]

April 24 2006

SANA'A, April 23 ) In a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Yemen Hussein Kamalian, Yemen's Deputy Foreign Minister Mohyaddin Al-Zabe'e said peaceful use of nuclear technology is Iran's legitimate right. He stated that Yemen has no objection to Iran's peaceful nuclear use programs, unless it harms the Middle East and other neighboring countries.

Al-Zabe'e added that Yemen hopes for a peaceful resolution of Iran's nuclear dossier. “We hope that with sound judgment and prudence by Iranian officials and taking into account Iran's legitimate right to use peaceful nuclear technology, the issue will be resolved through diplomacy and negotiations,” he continued.

He also noted that settling regional issues calls for regular consultations between regional state officials. Al-Zabe'e further expressed hope that the two nations will strengthen closer ties in all areas.

Kamalian praised the latest developments in bilateral ties, as well as future plans for bolstering relations, describing them as fruitful. He said Iran is ready to continue negotiations in line with its legitimate right to use peaceful nuclear technology.

In related news, Iran on Saturday strongly rejected calls for suspending its peaceful nuclear activities. Ali Husseini-Tash, Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) for Strategic Affairs, made the disclosure while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a student conference on Iran's recent success in the nuclear field.

Asked about a recent BBC news story reporting that Javad Vaeedi, Deputy Secretary of the SNSC for International Affairs, who recently visited Moscow, was there on condition Iran would suspend its nuclear activities, Husseini-Tash said he rejects such stories.

“We will choose proper ways [of resolving this issue]. We intend to settle this case through compromise and negotiations,” he stated.

Asked to comment on talks the Iranian delegation held Thursday in Moscow with the Europeans, Husseini-Tash said such talks have a special impact. However, he added, “We need extra time to be able to discuss results of such talks. In light of current circumstances, these talks will produce good results.”