- TEHRAN (MNA) -- In a meeting
with President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Tuesday, French Ambassador
Bernard Poletti said his country is ready to cooperate with Iran in the
production of nuclear electricity.
- France is aware of Iran's concerns and its demand to
access to nuclear technology for the production of nuclear electricity
and is prepared to cooperate in this regard, he added.
- The French ambassador to Tehran also presented a letter
from Jacques Chirac to the Iranian president and expressed hope that he
would be able to play a constructive role in the promotion of ties between
the two countries during his mission to Iran.
- Ahmadinejad said Iran's announcement that it is prepared
to accept other countries as partners in its nuclear activities was the
best and most important proposal for confidence building, transparency,
and proving the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program.
- However, the French government's position toward Iran's
nuclear program is a hurdle to the expansion of ties between the two states,
the president observed, noting, "Public opinion in Iran regards France
as reasonable, free, and a supporter of justice, and due to this view,
it was expected that the government of that country would be on the side
of Iran in the nuclear issue."
- Ahmadinejad stated that Iran does not seek nuclear arms
and not only does not need such arms but also calls for total nuclear disarmament
throughout the world.
- "Unfortunately, despite all the cooperation with
the International Atomic Energy Agency, through the adoption of some unjust
positions, some countries are trying to impose their views on the Iranian
- It is absurd that certain countries that possess stockpiles
of nuclear weapons are trying to undermine Iran's civilian nuclear program,
the president said, adding, "No free and independent country in the
world would accept such an imposition.
- "Our nation has been disturbed by the recent behavior
of France, and it is expected that the government of France will take positive
and constructive steps in order to remedy the damage to bilateral relations."