Mohammed Larijani: Iran Does Not Seek Destruction of Israel

20 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Mohammed Larijani: Iran Does Not Seek Destruction of Israel</h1><p>May 19 (EIRNS)--Iran has no intention of attacking Israel, former deputy Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammed Larijani told a journalist from the Jerusalem Post yesterday. The statement was one of several attempts at conciliation of Israel and the United States, coming from voices within Iran's governing circles.</p><p>Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum conference in Jordan , Larijani also said Iran would fully support a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. "We do not seek to destroy Israel ," Larijani said, adding, that Israel has "nothing to fear" from Iran's nuclear program, because it is only for peaceful purposes. In public comments Larijani said that the idea that Iran wanted to wipe Israel off the map was "a by product of Western media."</p><p>Meanwhile, Mohammed Larijani's brother, Ali Larijani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, a member of the Supreme National Security Council, and a close confidant of "supreme leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said he believed the issue over uranium enrichment could be settled quickly and easily in serious talks. Ali Larijani also noted that Iran is "perhaps the only country that has made significant efforts to stabilize Iraq." He said Iran would help the U.S., if it changes policy. Ali Larijani, made the statements in a meeting, Friday, with Omani Foreign Minister Yussuf bin Alawi, according to the Tehran Times.</p><p>In a separate development, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said he believed the five Iranian diplomats being held by the U.S. in Iraq would be released between late May and June.</p></div></body>