Ahmadinejad has "fair" proposals for U.N. nuclear meet

TEHRAN (BestGrowthStock) – Iran will put forward “practical and fair” proposals on disarmament and world security at a meeting of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which starts on Monday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.

Ahmadinejad was speaking to Iranian media upon arrival in New York, the semi-official Mehr News Agency reported.

Iran’s nuclear program, which the West suspects is aimed at developing atomic bombs, will be one of the most hotly debated topics on the sidelines of the month-long NPT review conference, a meeting held every five years.

Western diplomats expect Ahmadinejad to mark its opening by accusing the United States of using fears about proliferation as a pretext to deny developing nations access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes in breach of the NPT.

Iran, the world’s fifth-largest crude exporter, says its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity, not bombs.

It has often said nuclear arms have no place in its defense doctrine and called on the United States and other countries with such weapons to dismantle them.

“Iran will submit practical, fair and clear proposals in regard to world security and disarmament in this conference,” Ahmadinejad said, without giving details.

“Disarmament and the peaceful application of nuclear energy are two important world topics. The Islamic Republic regards disarmament as an influential topic in world peace and will follow up on that,” Ahmadinejad added, Mehr reported.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak several hours after Ahmadinejad, who often rails against the West.

Last week she predicted that the Iranian president might not receive a very warm welcome in New York City and said that Iran’s record of violating the NPT was “indisputable.”

The United States, Britain, Germany and France are negotiating with Russia and China on a possible fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

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(Reporting by Hossein Jaseb and Hashem Kalantari; Writing by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Samia Nakhoul)

Ahmadinejad has “fair” proposals for U.N. nuclear meet