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Nuclear non-proliferation benefits Iran

Nuclear non-proliferation benefits IranIran’s foreign minister says the Islamic Republic has a national interest in nuclear non-proliferation and it has no plan to develop nuclear weapons.

The New Yorker quoted Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying “Iran has a national security interest in nonproliferation, so if the United States is interested in nonproliferation, that is one issue.”
Reiterating that Iran does not seek to make nuclear weapons, Zarif added, “We don’t want nuclear weapons, and they say the objective is to insure Iran does not have nuclear weapons.”
The Iranian minister said Tehran expects the six world powers engaged in nuclear talks with the Islamic Republic to “respect” its rights.
He said “Nuclear talks are not about nuclear capability…. They are about Iranian integrity and dignity,” stressing that “dignity,” “technology” and “development” of Iran are “not up for sale.”
Noting that regional stability is another part of Iran’s national security interest, Zarif said, “Iran has a national-security interest in freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf. We have a national-security interest in stability in this region.”

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