Iran offers to help neighbors develop nuclear technology

By The Associated Press


Kislev 26, 5767

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday during a meeting with top Kuwaiti envoy that Iran is ready to transfer its nuclear technology to neighboring countries, state-run television reported.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to transfer to regional states its valuable experience and achievements in the field of peaceful nuclear technology as a clean energy source and as a replacement for oil," the state quoted Ahmadinejad as telling Mohammed Zefollah Shirar, a top advisor to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

The broadcast said Shirar is carrying a written message from the emir to Ahmadinejad but did not elaborate on the contents of the message.

The television station said Ahmadinejad also welcomed a decision by Iran's Arab neighbors to the south to pursue peaceful nuclear technology programs.

Such a technological transfer would be legal as long as it is between signatory-states to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, and as long as the International Atomic Energy Agency that monitors the treaty was informed of the transfer.

Iran is currently at odds with the United States and its European allies who accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is aimed solely at the peaceful production of nuclear energy, not nuclear weapons.