“No Use for Nukes”…”The nation’s bravery is Iran’s nuclear bomb”- Ahmadinejad
6 Proposals for
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad raised six issues at the Caspian Sea Summit in Baku that can help pave the way for closer cooperation among the littoral states — Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
Speaking at the summit on Thursday, Ahmadinejad described the Caspian nations as major countries from the humanitarian, intellectual and moral points of view throughout history and to which human society is indebted.
The Caspian states share many common values that have led to historical bonds between them, he said. “Our common demands including finalization of the Caspian Sea legal regime, fighting drug trafficking , expanding economic, cultural and scientific cooperation…have roots in historical ties,” IRNA quoted him as saying.
He added that the world was currently facing challenging times where the unjust global order had proved to be ineffective while economic relations too were unworkable at best.
“There are many instances regarding these issues. One can point to 9/11 that led to the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq and the death of hundreds of thousands of people.
“The sad story of [Israeli] occupation of Palestinian lands and other shocking acts of tyranny are part of this unjust world order…while the printing of worthless bonds [by the US government] and plundering the wealth of nations under the guise of repaying national debts, have led to the economic crisis,” he said.
Ahmadinejad said “Since there is no other way [to fix the current pattern of events] other than going back morals and involving the public in the management of the world, I propose six points that can be useful.”
“First is that since culture and human values are among the most important issues to preserve the independence and dignity of our nations, I call on all [Caspian] littoral states to build and expand cultural cooperation”. His second suggestion was “A plan of action for targeted talks and consultations among littoral states on ways to help reform the world order and involve all countries in it.”
His third proposal was the “establishment of joint shipping companies, provide customs facilities and incentives, increase trade, join energy supply networks and expand tourism, cultural and sports interaction between our peoples.”
“The fourth point is that we should finalize the Caspian Sea legal regime by next year.”
Elaborating on his fifth point, the president called for “Expanding trade among the Caspian states by relying on our national currencies that can protect us from the international economic crises and create new opportunities.”
The final proposal urged “Coordination and efforts against threats that threaten the stability and security of the Caspian Sea region. We should prevent the involvement of foreign players in this domain. I hereby announce that the Islamic Republic is ready to cooperate in all these fields.”
At the end of the meeting the five countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on security cooperation that calls on the Caspian states to help maintain the security of shipping and navigation.
The 15-point document endorsed by the presidents of Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan seeks to enhance regional stability.
Speaking in a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday, Ahmadinejad said Tehran and Moscow should stand for each other as two neighbors with common interests.
“Good neighborliness requires Iran and Russia stand beside each other based on common and mutual interest, and this is in the interest of both countries and the region,” Presstv quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
He pointed to the sanctions imposed on Iran by the UN Security Council and some western states and their allies, and termed them ineffective. “The era of bullying and sanctions is over.”
It was interesting to see that some European countries have stepped up their effort to increase investment in Iran after the UNSC passed its last resolution, he said.
On the rapidly changing global situation he said “The Iranian nation is against the inhuman measures taken by Western powers against other nations. We believe that under the present global order, if Iran and Russia stand together, the enemies will fail in their plots against Iran, Russia and the region.”
Medvedev recalled Ahmadinejad’s stance on common stances and said “Russia seeks to improve its political, economic and even military ties with Iran.”
“Following the [approval of the] sanctions resolution, a group sought to intensify sanctions against Iran, to which Russia strongly opposed and took stance against,” he said.
Ahmadinejad also conferred with his Turkmen and Azeri counterparts Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov and Ilham Aliyev as well as the Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. They discussed mutual, regional and international issues.
Referring to the US call on Turkey to host a NATO-planned missile system on its territory, Ahmadinejad singeld out the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for adopting policies based on false premise.
“We regard NATO decision-makers as politically backward and their decisions of no significance to us because they are incapable of playing a role in future developments,” IRNA quoted the president as saying at a press conference in Baku on Thursday.
“Experience shows that NATO leaders have had a wrong interpretation of international developments and their decisions are based on false information,” he said.
“Today nations have awakened and demand justice and respect, and missile shields cannot impede their thinking”.
He renewed his call for an independent fact-finding committee on the 9/11 attacks and punishment for all those involved.
“Plotters of the 9/11 should be brought to justice. Though regional nations knew nothing about the event they were occupied [because of it],” he stressed.
“A fact-finding committee should investigate the 9/11 event”.
No Use for Nukes
Ahmadinejad dismissed Western allegations about Iran’s nuclear program, reiterating that Tehran is not interested in nuclear bombs.
“Iranians do not need a nuclear bomb to defend themselves. The nation’s bravery [that] is Iran’s [real] nuclear bomb,” he told Iranians based in Azerbaijan on Wednesday.
“Nuclear bombs belong to countries that are backwarded in a historical sense, and the Iranian nation has no use for it,” he said.