UNITED NATIONS – Iran is willing to provide other Islamic nations with nuclear technology, Iran’s president said Thursday.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the comments after meeting Turkey’s prime minister on the sidelines of a gathering of world leaders at the U.N.
Mr. Ahmadinejad repeated promises that Iran will not pursue nuclear weapons, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Then he added: “Iran is ready to transfer nuclear know-how to the Islamic countries due to their need.”
The president’s statement was certain to be raised at a meeting of foreign ministers of the three European countries who have been negotiating with Iran on the nuclear issue – Britain, France and Germany – and Iran’s new foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, and its top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani.
The U.S. and European countries warned last week that Tehran is running out of time to freeze uranium processing activities or face referral to the Security Council.
In other developments at the U.N. summit Thursday:
“¢Iraqi President Jalal Talabani appealed for help in fighting terrorism and counseled patience as his country tries to overcome violence and establish a modern state. “We are in desperate need of your experience, investment and your moral support for the effort to fight terrorism,” he said.
“¢India’s prime minister, Manmohan Singh, said that India would never compromise with terrorists in the disputed province of Kashmir. Earlier, he met with Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and they issued a statement vowing to fight terrorism while furthering peace talks over Kashmir.
“¢Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that the Palestinians are entitled to their own state and urged reconciliation to end their conflict. But he said that after Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, it was now up to the Palestinians to “prove their desire for peace” by disarming militants.
“¢Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and the foreign minister of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, met on the sidelines of the summit, a sign of further movement toward improving relations between the Jewish state and the Arab world after Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
AND ON THAT NOTE…
LONDON, Agusut 18 (IranMania) – Oil products and gas condensates worth about $1bln and 71 mln were exported during the first four months of the current year (March 21 through July 22, 2005).
Some $825 mln of the figure was spent on the purchases of the products and commodities required by the country during the period.
Also, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has deposited about 13,088 million dollars of the crude oil revenues into the Forex Reserve Fund (FRF) during the first four months of the year.
?If the trend in the oil exports and the prices remain the same during the next coming months, the budget envisaged from the oil sales would be realized, and there would be no further need to make deposit in the FRF during the next six remaining months of the year (ends March 20, 2006).