Iran nuclear policy unchanged
IRAN: Iran said Tuesday its nuclear and foreign policies will not
change after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fired Foreign Minister
Manouchehr Mottaki and replaced him with the atomic chief.
No official reasons were given for the surprise move, but several
Iranian newspapers on Tuesday linked it to disagreements between
Ahmadinejad and Mottaki over foreign policy.
“Iran’s major international policies are defined in higher levels and
the foreign ministry executes these policies. We will not see any
changes in our basic policies,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin
Mehmanparast said at his weekly briefing.
“I don’t think there will be any changes in the nuclear policy and
the talks” with world powers over Iran’s nuclear programme, he said.
Ahmadinejad on Monday named Ali Akbar Salehi, a vice-president and
head of Iran’s atomic energy organisation, as interim foreign minister.
The president came under fire from some MPs and Iran’s leading
hardline daily Kayhan Tuesday for announcing the dismissal while Mottaki
was in Senegal on an official visit.
“Such moves cheapen the status of the foreign ministry. It means the
president does not respect the person who is delivering his own message
to another country,” senior conservative MP Ahmad Tavakoli told Mehr
Kayhan said Ahmadinejad should have waited for the return of the
chief diplomat before announcing the sacking. Mottaki is due back in
Tehran on Tuesday night. His sacking came just days after Iran held
crunch talks in Geneva on December 6 and 7 with world powers over its
controversial nuclear dossier.
Further talks are scheduled for next month in Iran’s neighbour Turkey
despite clear differences at the end of Geneva meeting between Iran and
the group of P5+1 — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the
TEHRAN, Wednesday, AFP