TOKYO, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said here Wednesday that Iran would not close or dismantle any nuclear facilities when tackling the concerned Iranian nuclear issue, adding it is the red line for his country.
Zarif told a press conference in Tokyo that the best way for the West to ensure that Iran's nuclear program be always peaceful is to guarantee that Iran has a transparent nuclear program with the International Atomic Energy Agency to examine and verify its peaceful intentions.
The minister said his country now seeks"a win-win game that Iran will have an enrichment program that remains exclusively peaceful.".
The Iranian top diplomat said that Iran does not seek nuclear weapons and does not consider that it would enhance his country's security, adding that the stand is based on a strategic calculation. "In our immediate neighborhood, we are already the most powerful and we need to go out of our way in order to convince our neighbors that we do not have any intentions against them,"said Zarif.
"We believe that nuclear weapons have no place in the Middle East. Actually, nuclear weapons in our view have no place in the world and nuclear weapons do not produce security for anybody," said the foreign minister.
As to situation in Syria, Zarif said that Iran believes that there is no military solution to the war-torn country and the policy on Syria was based on illusion that a military victory is achievable in two months. "Now, that policy led to an utter disaster,"said Zarif, adding that it is the time to change the policy into a political one which should be inclusive and the future of Syria should be decided by its own people without external invention.