FM takes Iran to task over Holocaust
21 February 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht sharply criticised the Iranian President's attitude to Israel and the Holocaust on Monday, stressing also that the current nuclear crisis was entirely to blame on the Middle East nation.
21 February 2006
BRUSSELS — Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht sharply criticised the Iranian President's attitude to Israel and the Holocaust on Monday, stressing also that the current nuclear crisis was entirely to blame on the Middle East nation.
In a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Manoucher Mottaki, De Gucht said recent comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad casting doubt on Israel's right of existence were unacceptable.
De Gucht also said the president's minimalisation of the Holocaust and his claim that the Holocaust was a myth are "disgusting". "Israel not only has the right to exist, it also has the right to live in peace and safety," he said.
But De Gucht was not finished yet: he also told the Iranian foreign minister that Iran's referral to the UN Security Council over its nuclear activities was entirely Iran's fault.
He said Iran's refusal to give details about the extent of its nuclear programme made it difficult not to think Iran had nuclear military ambitions.
However, at a press conference at the Iranian ambassador's residence in Brussels, Mottaki dismissed any criticism of his country's nuclear programme.
He said no report from Mohammed ElBaradei — the chief of the International Agency for Atomic Energy (IAEA) — or nuclear inspectors had yielded evidence that Iran did not have peaceful intentions.
"We have bound ourselves to not developing nuclear weapons based on our religion. Nuclear weapons are not part of our defence policy," he said.
Meanwhile, an Iranian delegation discussed in Moscow on Monday Russia's proposal to enrich uranium for Iran and then export it. However, Iran still wants to carry out part of the uranium enrichment work in Iran.
This attitude is unacceptable to the West, however, so long as Iran refuses to give full details to the IAEA about its nuclear activities.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news