Cuba Vows Support for a Nuclear Iran

Sunday, May 4, 2014
From Iranian state media, FARS News:

Cuba Vows to Continue Defending Iran's Nuclear Rights

Cuban Ambassador to Tehran Vladimir Andres Gonzalez Quesada underlined that Havana will continue its full support for Iran's right to use peaceful nuclear technology.

"Cuba's position is very clear and explicit since Havana supports all independent world states' right of using the nuclear energy for peaceful purposes," Gonzalez Quesada told FNA on Sunday.

"Our today position for defending Iran's access to to the nuclear energy will possibly be adopted for other nations since such an approach expresses and displays our right of access to the civilian nuclear technology," he added.

Gonzalez Quesada also referred to the talks underway between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), and said Cuba believes that these negotiations are important for Iran, the western states and those countries which are affected by these talks and it also believes that these negotiations indicate Iran's vital importance.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and the western embargos for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.