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deputy foreign minister i mean. because mr. server very happy to have you in our studio today and so i had of the upcoming geneva talks done its own ways trying to come up with a deal washing your eyes dances was that israel is against any topics with iran it does seem like both of you are just talking past each other so you can anything change that. in the name of the merciful and the compassionate and i would like to welcome your distinguished viewers. you have just we do not hear each other. well actually you run is negotiating with the five plus one group. and of course some countries are under the influence of israel because of their close relationship. it is not very good or efficient for the five plus one group when one or several countries are in for. the pressure and
tension that is being built up around this issue. some of them being provoked by these rarely regime into a rhetorical which is not sensible and which would make it difficult to achieve mutual understanding or positive results. you don't wish international sanctions have taken a toll in iran and it's to ordinary people that are hit the hardest they are not involved in your nuclear program despite that are you able to retain public support or is it a matter of principle for iran and you don't really care what people think about it . the truth is that the nuclear program is a source of pride for the iranian nation and. it is well known that our research has a peaceful nature people enjoy the benefits of the nuclear program in such areas as
managing medicine pharmaceuticals agriculture and others. the arabian nation that has forged haulage to a nationalized the oil industry and it is now looking at the nuclear issue as the one of national importance. the sanctions have indeed had a negative impact on some of the aspects of life. but on the other hand if you look at the sanctions from a wide perspective they have given the iranian people a sense of confidence. most do you believe that the people of iran have in fact benefit from the sanctions. in mind the sanctions have certainly harmed the people but you know at the same time they have also proved helpful in a number of ways. like encouraging self-sufficiency boosting confidence and. self.
there in mind that iran showed remarkable achievements in scientific research and industrial production while actually being subjected to sanctions one way or another we think that the sanctions have been counterproductive not only for iran but for other countries as well but their negative impact in itself is reason enough for us to sit there abolition what is that israel has continually threaten to attack and destroy your nuclear facilities and this debate just keeps heating up should such an isolde to be unleashed is iran prepared to repel it. first of all iran fully relies on its own defense capabilities. secondly television of lacks the potential to attack iran. if you look at the
two thousand and six lebanon war or the two thousand and two thousand and nine gaza war or the most recent war in gaza. which is operation pillar of defense you will see that it was these really a regime which sustained serious losses. during the lebannon and the gaza wars at least television was not targeted with rocket strikes but during the latest war while the israeli regime had expected weak resistance from the palestinians on account of the crisis in syria for the first time in history its own capital city tell of if came under fire. the i.d.f. could not even pull off a limited military operation and secure a victory right across the border from its own bases. if they were to attack iran they would certainly proven able to do us any serious damage. be that as it may
be wrong as armed forces are fully capable and always ready to repel an aggression from across the border. so you take israel saga military strike as empty threats you know i recently spoke to the israeli foreign minister and several areas and they essentially told me that they are ready to launch such a strike both government and the people he wouldn't he want it has been speculated extensively that israel might have nuclear weapons and that it is far superior in military terms to all the neighboring arab countries combined. all of it is merely bravado and empty threats. tell of these repeated threats primarily man to disrupt and obstruct iran's program for the production and enrichment of uranium for nonmilitary purposes. in addition the israeli government is clearly behind the string of terrorist assassinations targeting
a rainin nuclear scientists. it has already done everything it coud to harm iran and the axis of resistance. this talk of attacking uranium nucleus sides is merely a political bluff. and in any case as iran is prepared to defend itself vigorously. what do you make of this rather unexpected alliance or corporation say between israel and saudi arabia there have been allegations in the media about it is that an alliance aimed against iran. this saudi foreign ministry has officially denied these allegations there although we know some officials from the saudi government have always maintained cover. with tell of the. border but we believe that these lawmakers public over iran and saudi arabia are
two major regional powers. so with a watch we know saudi arabia the role it can play in the muslim world and. the region. and how much we have in common. where doing our best to use this opportunity to promote security stability and progress in the region how many there might be people in some countries that maintain contact or would like to establish contact with the israeli regime. there might also be people inside saudi arabia warring gaged in a dialogue with tel aviv. but we're convinced that the saudi policy towards these rather regime does not imply forging an alliance against the islamic republic of iran. even on the contrary i think there has always been solid potential to build an effective strategic alliance between iran and saudi arabia. in order to
tackle regional and international problems. you know many say that israel is isolated in the region and it doesn't really have any partners in the middle east anymore isn't it also true for iran though i mean you had a friend that was but he has bigger issues to deal with right now he doesn't have time to think about it on what do you think about this comparison with. if you're talking about our own neighbors in the middle east neighbors is turkey our strategic partner even when teheran and. serious disagreements about syria we made sure no damage was done to our strategic relations. our other neighbor in the middle east is iraq iraq is iran strategic at the moment. i do not need to explain what the relations between our countries are like. every
day over five thousand to resend pilgrims crossed the border between our countries . we exported more than one point five thousand megawatts of electricity to iraq. we also have great relations at the top political level. as for the persian gulf countries we have good relations with the sultanate of amman quanah i would even say they are exemplary relations. b.c. the sultan of amman visited iran right after president rouhani his inauguration. said he if we talk about the united arab emirates the size of our trade with. exceeds twenty billion dollars on iran's relations with qatar kuwait and saudi arabia are problematic. even though there are differences between
us. and then there is a. very strong because there have been some developments in bahrain you know fact is relations with. but our embassy is open. we are in constant dialogue with bahrain. we offer a different plans and programs to bahrain in order to help solve the conflicts between the authorities and the opposition there. we have always said that we are ready to help because we want to see stability in the country. that can be achieved through national dialogue. so i would never say that iran is isolated from its neighbors. on the contrary in some areas our relations with them sectionally good as it was
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today i'm sure. we're back with it on the deputy foreign minister jose and i made up the. thanks again for being with us today let's not turn to syria i know you're an expert in this field with the what would you say assets current position is for instance six hundred rebels are reported to have surrendered to the government forces does this mean the war is coming to an end up with what the council. there is a whole host of problems in syria now. that there is a strong extremist presence on the ground including. an opposition armed groups.
with a political settlement of the syrian crisis being in the international and regional spotlight in the last few months of being on a melody many militants from these groups have given up on fighting all this means that the government does have control over the situation in syria and this control is increasing. we're not saying however that there. there's no political opposition in syria what the opposition armed forces. with are mostly comprised of extremists and terrorists as terrorist activity in syria escalated the government had to start its soul in the war on terror as a result over the past few weeks a security situation in syria has dramatically improved. massacres is quite safe
now. so the militants understand that they have to start laying down their arms and focus on a political settlement. that was like why do you think that this can be regarded as the beginning of an end to this war when syrian rebel commander abdul. ali has also been killed recently does it mean anything or is there going to be a new leader who will control the rebels. i. think is the fact that rebel commanders and rebels themselves who mostly come from abroad get killed indicates that the syrian armed forces are provided with a reliable intelligence data. security and have good military potential. moreover the syrian people support their army. it happens because clashes and massive terrorist attacks have resulted in nothing for the last thirty
months i mean me i can say that if some countries stop supplying arms to syrian rebels. and we can help put an end to these political clashes protests and terrorist attacks inside the country. when we think that the genie will go see asians and other political instruments will be fruitful when both countries inside the region. the rest of the world. on finding a political solution sees violence control the borders and stop deploying militants and arms supplies to syria. that would ensure the success of all approaches and political agreements that are well in line with what you've just said a french bank has recently unlocked frozen syrian assets to enable food purchases
could these be more than just a concession on the sanctions could it be that people in here i realized that peace is unlikely without asset in the region. i would say a few of the western countries are finally bracing reality. and the reality in syria is about something more than a few foreign powers presuming to decide the future of syria instead it was people . in fact several attempts were made in the past to overthrow the syrian government but those earlier plans proved inefficient and unsuccessful their reality on the ground in syria is different from the way certain stakeholders seek to present it. there are many terrorists extremists and heretical groups operating in syria at the moment. they are building up an atmosphere of terror posting disturbing videos and
pictures on the internet that horrify the public not only in syria but worldwide. france's recent decision to unlock some of the frozen syrian assets and facilitate humanitarian relief that i think they might have been prompted by a realisation of what things actually are like all efforts to change syria's political system using violence and military force. are doomed to failure. what syria needs is a political process that will provide the necessary prerequisites for ending the hostilities and stripping terrorist groups of their present influence very more than. once that is done if the people of syria could indeed decide their own future that meaning through a democratic election. but many people think iran should play an active role in resolving the syrian conflict along with the west and russia
for example you might help with dismantling syria's chemical weapons this would take care of a lot of problems no it would improve your relations with the u.s. and in general it could be a new start for iran. and of course these lammy create publico iran would be happy to help with the disarmament of syria. or any other country that illegitimately possesses weapons of mass destruction. but if you're suggesting we should move syrian chemical weapons to iran or you know that i have to say first of all. that moving those weapons would create bad publicity for iran because you know biased coming taters would probably say that syria and iran have made a secret deal. so i would say the main thing is that syria has launched this process of chemical disarmament and now this process should be carried out under some kind
of schedule. well how else can you resolve in syria crisis some say you're helping us out by sending volunteers to syria you don't. the guy with. no we have never supplied weapons or military personnel to syria. what we have done is we have sent a lot of humanitarian aid to syria over the past couple of years. we have been helping the people of syria together with the syrian red crescent and authorized volunteers distributing aid in various parts of syria. we even know that some of this aid ended up in the hands of the free syrian army. we have made dozens of flights and we have sent tens of thousands of trucks with humanitarian aid to syria. we had twelve planes delivering humanitarian
aid from iran to syria. and americans forced them to land in iraq in order to inspect their cargo. that they did not find anything except for medical supplies and humanitarian aid if we will continue to support the people in syria even though we ourselves face international sanctions. with think it is our humanitarian and islamic d.t. maybe but we have never sent any competence to syria. as a certain point when it became clear that syria was engaged in a full blown counterterrorist war. we did offer to send our military advisors there. this was based on no international commitments and those advisors would only consult syrian authorities would on effective methods
in fighting terrorists. that's all we have ever done. but we have supporters syria in other ways politically insisting on a diplomatic solution and helping with political reforms and by providing the people of syria with humanitarian aid. we have been doing this and we will continue doing this at the same time. we will definitely continue to support syria and we insist that no country neither the us nor saudi arabia nor france can determine the future of syria for the syrian people but us speaking a weapon with iran has just announced it has developed a new drone the us could you tell me more about it is it it any way similar to american or israeli drones and how do you plan to use them. while they're all the
iran can boast remarkable achievements in aerospace research and production. this is one of the industries whose progress was actually encouraged by the sanctions. in developing this industry that we soley relies on our own knowledge and capabilities that was that the fortress drone which we officially unveiled yesterday is our greatest aerospace achievement. it is a multi-purpose aerial vehicle designed to be used for environmental protection natural disaster relief and defense. will certainly continue to develop as defense industry. the great progress we have already made was made possible by the work of our young scientists and engineers. as the what
then by our deliberate reliance on our own potential arsenal iran has a new president mr hassen rouhani and the international community is hoping that now it will be able to negotiate with president rouhani comes as a new character for the united states as well do you sense that america is warming up to run or is it just a ploy. i think that having muley elected president who enjoys strong popular support inside iran and a sound international reputation. having a newly formed government to boot we can certainly speak of a new environment it was does look promising for resuming does many tracks including dialogue with the united states with regard to our nuclear program. do we have already had several meetings with the americans by a lateral format or as part of the five plus one negotiations. however we
see that there are hardliners in the west including the us post seek to disrupt this new environment and undermine our relationship when i am in france but iran is always willing to pursue positive dialogue with the united states and the west in general. we are ready to move at whatever perspective arrangements they would like to put on the table. as long as they are based on equality there is a process and respect for the inherent rights so iran and its people bhatia the fake i believe there is a window of opportunity at the moment but we have yet to see how serious the americans are about using it. that i am very. polite here and thank you very much for this interview that's all we have for today were talking to downstairs to foreign minister saying i may have to like out.
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