Oct 27 2013

Iran will continue its nuclear activities within NPT framework, MP tells French senators (Tehran Times)

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, held talks with visiting French senators Joelle Garriaud-Maylam and Jean-Yves Leconte in Tehran on Wednesday.

Boroujerdi spoke about Iran’s nuclear program, reiterating Tehran’s position that the Islamic Republic will continue its peaceful nuclear activities within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and under the inspection of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Boroujerdi added, « Iran believes that the existence of even one nuclear bomb poses a serious threat to the world’s peace and security. » Boroujerdi also said that the existence of Israel’s nuclear weapon stockpiles reflect the West’s double standard policy in campaign against weapons of mass destruction.

The Iranian and French lawmakers also discussed ways to expand bilateral relations, particularly in parliamentary areas. « The Majlis is fully prepared to help strengthen relations between the two countries based on mutual respect, » the senior Iranian lawmaker stated. MP Hossein Sobhaninia who sits on the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee told the Mehr News Agency on Friday that the trip of the French senators will help change the European mindset about Iran.

The French senators held talks on Friday with the chairman of the Mjalis Legal and Judicial Committee and the head of the Iran-France parliamentary friendship group.

The visit of the French lawmakers came immediately after a European parliamentary team made a trip to Tehran.