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Iran Tries to Reassure Gulf States

“Our power in the region is your power, and your power in the region is our power,” Mr. Mottaki told an audience that included Arab ministers and other officials from the region. “Our growth will only pave the way for others to grow.” Iran’s foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki

by New York Times:

Iran told Arab states in the Persian Gulf on Saturday that it was not a threat and wanted cooperation, in what seemed to be an attempt to lower tensions after revelations that Gulf states were worried about its nuclear program.

In his first trip to the region since WikiLeaks released American diplomatic cables reporting the concerns of gulf leaders, Iran’s foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, told a regional security conference in Bahrain that a more powerful Iran was nothing to fear.

A senior official of a gulf state security service said gulf Arabs would continue to be concerned about Iran until it dealt “openly” with the international community over its nuclear activities.

Iranian officials are to meet major powers in Geneva on Monday in talks expected to cover Iran’s nuclear program, the first such talks in a year.

In Tehran, Iran’s chief negotiator, Saeed Jalili, said that Iran welcomed the talks as a way to start improving relations, but that it would not negotiate away its nuclear “rights.”

New York Times

I thought Iran didn’t believe any truth in the released diplomatic cables. Because if they did they wouldn’t be doing damage control.But they do believe the cables. Now if only their press would cover the content in cables, then maybe the people of Iran could have a chance to liberate themselves.