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  תמוז 28, 5768 , 31/07/08

Non-Aligned Nations Back Iran

The 120-member nations of the Non-aligned Movement (NAM) voted Thursday to back Iran's nuclear development activities, in a three-page document written in Farsi.

According to a translation by the Associated Press, the NAM "reaffirmed the basic and inalienable right of all states, to develop research, production and use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes." The delegates "furthermore reaffirmed that choices and decisions of states like the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear technology and its fuel cycle policies must be respected."

Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Ashgar Soltanieh expressed his satisfaction at the NAM's strong support for the Islamic Republic's position, commenting to Western nations who have repeatedly demanded that Iran cease its nuclear development activities, which they believe are aimed at building an atomic weapon: "Get the message. Come to the negotiating table."  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly vowed to annihilate the State of Israel, referring to the Jewish State as a "malignant growth" and promising to "wipe it off the map."

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