Last Updated: Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:57 am (KSA) 07:57 am (GMT)

Iran is training 2000 nuclear scientists: Iranian official


In a press conference in the Bahraini capital, Manama, the spokesman of Iran’s foreign ministry, Ramin Mehmanparast, described the quelling of protests by reformists in Iran as a lawful procedure, reported on Monday.

“The West also suppresses its protestors when they start vandalizing and acting violently,” Mehmanparast said.

The Iranian official stated that the powers that seek to weaken Iran have only contributed to strengthen the Islamic state’s power, and as a result has placed it in the top ten of the most important nations in the world. He also said that Iran is currently training 2000 nuclear scientists.

Iran has recently announced that it will soon to launch into a space a number of newly designed satellites, and that it has “successfully” tested an upgraded a version of a S-200 system with the “same capability” as the long-range S-300 missiles which can reach Israel.

He says media is a Western tool

Media including the Arab one has contributed to the western plan to scare Iran’s neighboring countries from its power, he said, adding, that “all of the security problems in the region are due to the presence of foreign troops.”

When asked about Mohammad Davari, editor-in-chief of the news website Saham News, who is in jail for the past five years for videotaping statements from detainees who said that they had been raped, abused, and tortured at the Kahrizak Detention Center, he said that “the west tries to make a hero out of him,” adding “he violated the laws and now he is punished.”

Davari has received the 2010 award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and the Iranian authorities have closed down the Kahrizak Detention Center.

On Iranian TV hosting Bahraini dissenters

When asked by the Bahrain-based al-Bilad newspaper over al-Alam Iranian TV channel hosting Bahrainis who are wanted by their country’s security apparatus, he said that it is part of the freedom of the press and its independence.

He also described the U.S. backed Israeli missile shield, Iron Dome, which will be fully operative in 2015 as a threat not only to Iran but to the security of the whole region.

Creating threats in the region, he said is a way for western weapons manufacturers to sell their inventories and to profit.

As for terrorism, he considered it as a creation of the western media to create another cold war after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

On sanctions, he said it is “illegal and oppressivel, but it won't affect Iran."

“If the West to impose newer set of sanctions on Iran, it won’t be feasible or constructive.”

He said his country won’t bring its nuclear program to change course, and insists it is for a civilian use.

He also included protestors in Iran as being part of the western scenario to target Iran.

(Translated from Arabic by Dina al-Shibeeb)

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