Iran Calls Upon Non-aligned Nations to Support Its Nuclear Program

At Tehran conference, official says Syria expresses supports for Iranian-brokered peace plan.

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Members of the Non-Aligned Movement states continue to support Iran in its attempt to develop a nuclear program and stand behind Iran in ongoing negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Iranian government said Monday.

"The support of NAM members (for) Iran's peaceful nuclear program could be a springboard for reflecting and supporting the Iranian standpoints at the IAEA," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said, in comments reported by the Fars news agency.

He said NAM members at the IAEA had in 2003 opposed the forwarding of the Iranian nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council.
Despite those objections, the UN Security Council has, in the meantime, issued five resolutions against the Islamic state over its uncompromising stance in the nuclear dispute, including financial sanctions.

Salehi on Sunday called on summit attendees to reject the international sanctions and confront the Security Council for imposing them. Security Council members insist the sanctions are necessary, out of fears that Iran is attempting to build a nuclear weapon.

Also on Monday, an Iranian lawmaker was quoted as saying that Syrian President Bashar Assad has given his support to Iran's effort on to come up with a new peace plan for Syria, an Iranian lawmaker was quoted as saying Monday.
"We have consulted with the Syrian president how Iran's efforts could be realized at the NAM summit," Alaeddin Boroujerdi was quoted by the ISNA news agency.

An expert-level meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement, NAM, takes place in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.Credit: AP



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