Ali Akbar Salehi

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Father Roy writes:   This article was published today in a leading Israeli newspaper.  I’ve done a bit of highlighting.  Let’s notice that Iran is not calling for Israel to be “wiped off the map”.  Iran is presenting itself as “an effective partner for settling global problems”.   Peace, Roy

Iran calls on Non-Aligned movement to push for Israel war tribunal

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi quoted as saying such an initiative would also stop Israel from committing further alleged war crimes against Palestine.

Iran called on member states of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Wednesday to push for opening a war tribunal against Israel, the news network Khabar reported.

The network quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi as saying that such an initiative would also stop Israel from committing further alleged war crimes against Palestine.

Salehi further called on NAM for formation of a committee for securing the rights of the Palestinians.

Iran also announced plans to propose the formation of a Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) troika, plus two neighbor states, to help settle the Syria crisis.

“Our specific proposal to the NAM is formation of a troika committee for Syria consisting of Egypt, Iran and Venezuela,” a head of the parliament’s foreign policy commission, Alaeddin Bouroujerdi said. Also on the committee would be Iraq and Lebanon – both neighbors of Syria - Boroujerdi said.

“During my visit to Damascus last week, President (Bashar) Assad said he would welcome any Iranian plan in this regard,” the lawmaker added.

Iran is a staunch supporter of Assad, and has called for negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition

The Iranian foreign minister had earlier said at the ongoing NAM conference in Tehran that Middle East peace could not be secured “by blind and discriminatory support by world powers for Israel’s state terrorism and its policies of occupation, aggression, threats, torture and devastation.”

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was also in Tehran for the summit on Wednesday, and was set to meet Iranian lawmakers in the parliament. A luncheon with Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani was also scheduled. Ban will also meet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and chief nuclear negotiator Saeid Jalili.

During his visit to Tehran, which had caused some criticism in the United States and Israel, the UN chief is supposed to talk with the Iranian leaders both about the country’s controversial nuclear projects and alleged human rights violations.

Iran, in return, hopes to persuade Ban that Western accusations against the Islamic state on Iran’s nuclear programs were unjustified. It also plans to again present itself as an effective partner for settling global problems.

Iran also plans take the UN chief to the historic city of Isfahan in central Iran and avail its of the occasion to also show him the two uranium conversion and enrichment sites, both located near Isfahan.

A UN spokesman in New York, however, said that Ban would not inspect any nuclear sites during his Iran visit.

North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, also arrived in Tehran on Wednesday for the summit.

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Father Roy writes:   The highlights in the following article are mine.  My allies and I do not find Iran’s government to be as threatening to the world’s security as Benjamin Netanyahu does.  Actually, we consider Netanyahu’s government to be the really dangerous one.   Peace, Roy

source: Iran Opens Nonaligned Summit with Call for Nuclear Arms Ban | Common Dreams 

Iranian diplomatic leaders called for an international ban on nuclear arms by the year 2025 on Sunday, as the nation kicked off this year’s Non-Aligned Nations Movement (NAM) Summit. Over 120 nations met in Tehran this weekend beginning a week-long gathering aimed at tackling global issues ranging from the conflict in Syria to nuclear proliferation.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi opened the gathering with a speech reminding NAM nations of a goal to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

“We believe that the timetable for ultimate removal of nuclear weapons by 2025, which was proposed by NAM, will only be realized if we follow it up decisively,” he told delegates.

The Non-Aligned Movement is comprised of states which do not consider themselves aligned formally with any major power bloc. The group was founded in 1961 as a stand against cold war power struggles and meets every three years.

Outside the summit, Iran displayed three cars damaged by bomb blasts, which Iran suggests were orchestrated by Britain, the U.S. and Israel, that resulted in the deaths of five Iranian scientists, including nuclear experts.

Iran called on Non-Aligned Movement leaders to take a stand against Western sanctions, and once again insisted that it’s nuclear program was solely for energy purposes.

“Regarding our peaceful nuclear program… we have always said that we are only seeking our legitimate rights” to nuclear energy as permitted under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Salehi said.

“The NAM… should seriously confront unilateral sanctions of certain nations against some members of the NAM,” Salehi said in a speech opening days of preparatory meetings for the summit on Thursday and Friday.

Iran says its hosting of the summit is evidence it is not as internationally isolated as the US and Israel portray.