Iran: U.S. Hasn’t Learned Lesson from Hiroshima
After visiting the lingering traces of America’s crimes in Hiroshima, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran Sa’eed Jalili declared, “At the very least, the U.S. should be punished with disarmament and the revocation of its right to veto for its crimes here.”
According to several agencies, Jalili spoke at a press conference on the last day of his trip to Japan after visiting the site of the bombing and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, describing the message of Hiroshima as the obvious need for American disarmament.
Jalili said, “Because nuclear weapons lack legitimacy, no country or party should have such weapons at its disposal.”
In response to a question on his opinion after familiarizing himself with the pain, suffering and problems of the survivors of the U.S. atomic attack on Hiroshima, he said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran is familiar with the crimes by the United States in various parts of the world, including in Iraq and Afghanistan and even in Iran.”
Jalili explained, “Unfortunately America, which committed the crimes of Hiroshima, still continues the proliferation of nuclear weapons and experimenting with new generations of these types of weapons. Nowadays, however, the overwhelming message from the international community is for the disarmament of that country and its nuclear capabilities.”
The Islamic Republic of Iran intends to hold a conference in Tehran soon on disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. In reference to this, Jalili said, “The Islamic Republic plans to hold this conference to honor of all the victims of weapons of mass destruction in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Halabja and Sardasht, which all took place with the support of the United States and as a result of the incorrect behaviors of that country.”
The senior nuclear negotiator for the Islamic Republic of Iran warned, “Tehran intends to seriously follow up on the issue of disarmament and non-proliferation with the cooperation of the international community.”
Jalili clarified, “Those who have committed the worst crimes against the people of Hiroshima and humanity by using nuclear weapons should not be the ones to win a prize and enjoy the right of veto.”
He expressed regret that these powers still are continuing the politics of proliferation, the experimentation with new generations of nuclear weapons and the escalation of these weapons, and that they are even working towards nuclear proliferation.
Jalili added, “Who but America and some of its allies has given the Zionist regime control over nuclear weapons?”
Jalili reiterated the point that according to the core beliefs of the Islamic Republic, a lasting peace cannot be achieved without fighting against injustice and disarming America and the other nuclear powers.
While expressing his hope for the creation of a world full of peace, justice and happiness for all peoples of the world, Jalili emphasized that the events of Hiroshima must not be allowed to repeat itself.
In response to the question about why there is concern in the international community regarding Iran’s expanding nuclear program, the senior nuclear negotiator for our country said, “Visiting the nuclear power plant in Japan showed that nuclear energy, if utilized in a peaceful way, can be useful in order to serve nations, but unfortunately the United States has used them in weapons of mass destruction and today is creating more of these weapons and proliferating them. It has given the Zionist regime nuclear weapons and today intends to prevent nations from attaining peaceful nuclear energy.”
He said, “On the other hand, all nations must enjoy peaceful nuclear energy within the established framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Non-Proliferation Treaty.”
On Hiroshima’s decision to hold a conference for countries that desire nuclear expansion, the representative of the Supreme Leader and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council said, “It is a very good idea for those who possess nuclear weapons to come here and see what crimes America has committed against humanity.”
Jalili expressed regret that sixty years after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki disasters, still no American president has come to Hiroshima to offer an apology to the people of Japan and the city.
He added, “Even Barack Obama, the American president, who has used the slogan of change, refused to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki during his trip to Japan.”
Jalili left Japan for Tehran on Thursday evening and extended an official invitation to the Japanese government for a five-day formal visit in Iran.
During his stay in Japan, Jalili met with senior Japanese officials including Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Minister of Foreign Affairs Katsuya Okada, the head of the Japanese Diet and other groups of Japanese authorities, with whom he discussed and exchanged views on different issues in the interests of both countries, including ways to develop both international and regional cooperation.
In a meeting with Japanese experts and nuclear specialists in the Ferdowsi Hall of the Islamic Republic’s embassy in Japan, Jalili considered the latest developments in Iran’s peaceful nuclear program and responded to a limited number of questions from those present in the meeting.