Top Cleric Says Iran's "Red Lines" Still Exist over NPT Protocol
October 31, 2003
Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran -- Senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said that Irans accepting to sign the additional protocol of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was a decision that Iran had made to pass the crisis, stressing however that Irans "red lines" still exist over the issue.
Jannati, delivering a sermon at Friday prayers, said the officials had exercised the necessary prudence and expediency in making the decision, stressing that no ill-intention was involved in the case. "Yet, our red lines still exist.
"No one can say anything to harm Irans independence, security, dignity and sovereignty," he told worshipers at Tehran University Campus.
The French, German and British foreign ministers arrived in Tehran on October 20 in a lightning visit at Irans invitation to provide Iran with consultations over signing the NPT protocol.
The Secretary of Irans Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Hassan Rowhani, announced later in the day that Iran was determined to take necessary measures for joining the protocol by November 20th.
Earlier last month, the Expediency Council chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that Iran had certain conditions for signing the NPT protocol, stressing that these conditions may be the same as those of the US.
Rafsanjani intimated in his sermon at Tehran Friday prayers that Irans signing of the protocol must not jeopardize its security, values and sanctities, and that it must not lead to investigation of issues that are not related to nuclear energy.
Jannati, who is also the head of the supervising Guardian Council (GC), stressed that Irans commitment toward the agreement with Europe over the issue of the NPT protocol depends on whether France, Germany and Britain stick to their commitments.
"If the European party fails to live up to its commitments, the commitments that we made should be in turn regarded as cancelled," he said. "EU cannot threaten us by political games and force us to do what they, themselves, never do nor believe in."
Jannati pointed to the recent remarks by some US officials that the White House is not after toppling Iran, stressing that such positions are not new to Iran. "We have experienced this issue hundreds of times. We never become happy over a smile of the enemy, nor will we be frightened by its anger," he said to the chants of "Death to America," and "Death to Israel".
The GC head further recalled the new US charges against Iran over the issue of human rights, stressing that this is part of the efforts by Washington leaders to seek pretexts against Iran. "No country in the world violates human rights as much as the US and Israel do," Jannati said. "The US is faced with difficult conditions in Iraq. And the atrocities by Israel against the Palestinians are increasing day by day." http://www.irna.ir/#2003_10_3114_59_479