Outside Pressure and Iran

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The Jan. 28 editorial "Cracks in Iran" misconstrued Iran's evolving foreign policy as a softening under pressure.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has a pluralistic press and a political system that permits open discussion of issues, and there is nothing unprecedented about the diversity of opinions being expressed there on various subjects.

Iran has never responded well to outside pressure, and the current U.S. policy of escalating tensions in the region by leveling false accusations against it is bound to backfire.

Iran has no nuclear weapons program and has friendly relations with all of its neighbors. Iran welcomes the proposal for a regional forum to discuss insecurity in Iraq and has already offered to increase economic and military assistance to the government in Baghdad.

The United States' allegations of Iranian "meddling" in Iraq are completely unfounded and distort the nature of Iran's policy toward the post-Saddam Hussein regime. Iran favors a strong and unified national government in Iraq and is concerned about spillover of the conflict.


Press Secretary

Iranian Mission to the United Nations

New York

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