Moderation and common sense will guide Iran’s decision-making in 2014

December 31, 2013 12:29 AM
By Hassan Rouhani
The Daily Star

STORY SUMMARY

When I campaigned to become president of Iran, I promised to balance realism and the pursuit of the Islamic Republic’s ideals – and won Iranian voters’ support by a large margin.

That commitment led directly to the interim international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program reached with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany last November in Geneva.

In such a period of transition, Iran can enhance its global role.

Iran’s ancient culture and civilization, long state continuity, geopolitical position, social stability amid regional turmoil, and well-educated youth enable us to look to the future with confidence, and aspire to assume the major global role that our people deserve – a role that no actor in global politics can ignore.

Iran, as a major regional power, is fully prepared to move in this direction, sparing no effort to facilitate solutions. So those who portray Iran as a threat and thus seek to undermine its regional and global credibility should cease – in the interest of peace and tranquility in the region and beyond.

Since the early 1990s, one prediction after another regarding how close Iran was to acquiring a nuclear bomb has proved to be baseless. Throughout this period, alarmists tried to paint Iran as a threat to the Middle East and the world.

Even the perception that Iran may develop nuclear weapons is detrimental to our security and overall national interest.

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(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

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