Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Iran must avoid 'provocative' nuclear talk: leader's aide

by Staff Writers
Tehran (AFP) July 1, 2008
A top advisor to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Tuesday against the "provocative" remarks on the nuclear crisis with the West that are associated with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"The officials and the political experts need to avoid provocative and illogical declarations and slogans," Ali Akbar Velayati told the hardline Jomhouri Eslami newspaper in an interview.

The comments by Velayati, who is currently foreign policy advisor to Khamenei and served as foreign minister from 1981 to 1997, come at a critical time in the Islamic republic's five-year nuclear crisis with the West.

Six world powers last month submitted a plan to Iran aimed at ending the crisis, offering technological incentives in exchange for Tehran's suspension of sensitive uranium enrichment operations.

"The 5+1 group take into consideration every word of those declarations and slogans and we have to give more careful statements," Velayati was quoted as saying.

"A certain declaration could cause us problems, we need to be careful not to make these declarations," added Velayati, the longest-serving foreign minister in the history of the Islamic republic.

Velayati did not mention Ahmadinejad by name but the controversial president has caused alarm both inside and outside Iran with his provocative comments on the nuclear drive.

Ahmadinejad has compared the nuclear programme to a train without brakes and asserted that Iran is now the most powerful nation in the world.

He has also shown little enthusiasm about the package offered by world powers.

"Recently they have started a new game -- by testing us -- but this will result in no achievement for them except humiliation," he said in a speech last month.

The president has also been condemned by the West for repeatedly predicting the imminent disappearance of Iran's regional arch-foe Israel, which he has described as a "stinking corpse".

Despite Ahmadinejad's rhetoric, Iranian officials including Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and parliament speaker Ali Larijani have said Tehran is reviewing the package and will give a response soon.

Velayati also spoke out in favour of negotiations with the world powers.

"Those who are agitating against our interests want that we reject the offer. As a consequence, it is in our interests to accept it," he said.

Underlining the continued sensitivity of the situation, tensions have again mounted in recent weeks after reports that Israel was mulling a strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.

The West and Israel fear Iran could use uranium enrichment to make a nuclear weapon but Tehran says it has every right to master the full nuclear fuel cycle for what it insists is an entirely peaceful drive for atomic energy.

Iran's conservative-controlled parliament warned on Tuesday it would reduce nuclear cooperation if any further sanctions were imposed over the country's atomic drive.

Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at
Learn about missile defense at
All about missiles at
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

New changes at top Iran security body: report
Tehran (AFP) June 30, 2008
Iran has made new changes at its Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), which looks after negotiations with the West in the nuclear crisis, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday.

  • Far Eastern Patriot Games
  • Analysis: New U.S. Embassy in Berlin
  • EU-Russia: Khanty-Mansiysk Engagement
  • Russian Military Strength To Drop To One Million By 2013

  • Bush urges protection for nuclear treaty
  • Iran must avoid 'provocative' nuclear talk: leader's aide
  • White House mum on alleged coverts ops in Iran
  • Indian PM hopes to rally support for nuclear deal: report

  • US Navy Conducts First Test Of Raytheon's Standard Missile 6
  • Lockheed Gets Air Force Deal For Joint Air-To-Surface Standoff Missile Production
  • Olympics: China deploys missiles to guard Games
  • Raytheon Delivers 1,000th Tomahawk Block IV Cruise Missile To US Navy

  • US warns Poland it could turn elsewhere for missile talks
  • Raytheon Participates In Key Satellite Payload Trade Study
  • Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Radar Successful In Missile Defense Test
  • BMD Focus: Sarkozy's vision -- Part 2

  • China's new turboprop rolls off production line: official media
  • European airlines angered by EU 'CO2 tax'
  • China to roll out new turboprop plane: report
  • IATA head slams EU plans to include aviation in emissions trading

  • Lockheed Martin To Develop Manned And Unmanned Mission Management System For US Minehunters
  • Rockwell Collins Controls And Lands Wing-Damaged UAV
  • Predator, Reaper Unit Becomes Air Expeditionary Wing
  • UK Defence Committee Enquiry Into ISTAR And Role Of UAVs

  • Iraqi assembly in closed session to discuss US pact
  • Outside View: Iraq realities -- Part 2
  • Dogs of War: A small step for contractors
  • NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan blast

  • Vumii Gives Security Operators Ability To Visually Assess Targets Detected By Radar
  • UK MoD Unveils New Protected Vehicles
  • US Marines, Northrop Grumman Team Complete G/ATOR Preliminary Design Review
  • Australia Sees Successful Upgrades To FA-18 Hornet Capability

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement