Monday, March 4, 2024

Iran dismisses as baseless GCC claims over its nuclear and missile programs, PG islands

The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday rejected certain clauses within the final communiqué of the 44th summit of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council regarding Tehran's nuclear and missile programs as well as the trio islands in the Persian Gulf as "unacceptable".

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani has expressed regret over, and dismissed as unacceptable some clauses of a final statement of the 44th Persian Gulf Cooperation Council Summit on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He emphasized Iran’s permanent and principled stances, saying the three islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb are integral and eternal parts of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s soil, adding, “The Islamic Republic of Iran regards any claim on these islands as interference in its domestic territory as well as its territorial integrity and sovereignty, and strongly condemns it.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s missile capabilities are within the framework of a transparent military doctrine and based on deterrence and protection of national security, and what is regarded as real danger to regional security is the military presence of extra-regional players and the Zionist regime as the root cause of insecurity and threats to Islamic countries as well as regional stability and security,” Kanaani added.

The spokesman underscored the Islamic Republic of Iran’s role in ensuring security and in the real fight against terrorism as well as in the promotion and enhancement of maritime security.

He said the Islamic Republic of Iran has always complied with international regulations and its international commitments within the framework of rights and duties, and will go on with its constructive cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) based on the comprehensive Safeguards Agreement.

“Based on its bilateral talks with the Kuwaiti government and the history of its negotiations, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always highlighted friendly and constructive partnership in the domain of energy, including in the Arash region. Indubitably, behavior based on paying attention to common interests can pave the way for regional cooperation,” he explained.

Kanaani touched upon the Islamic Republic of Iran’s principled policy of boosting ties with neighboring countries in keeping with the good-neighbor policy, mutual respect and non-interference in one another’s internal affairs.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed Iran’s determination to have a stable, secure and thriving region within the framework of cooperation with neighboring countries and rejection of foreign meddling.

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