Following are excerpts from an interview with former diplomat Mohammad Javad Larijani, from the Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, which was aired on Channel 2, Iranian TV on April 14, 2007:
Mohammad Javad Larijani: Iran's policy is a good one. We said to [the Gulf countries]: "If you want nuclear energy, come and we will teach you." I'm sure that the Westerners won't share even a tiny piece of knowledge with any of the Gulf countries. They won't share it even with Turkey.
Turkey has danced so many Western-styled dances in the past 50-60 years, in an attempt to win over Europe's heart, but apparently, this heart is made of stone.
Under the present circumstances, no Western country will be willing to share technology of uranium enrichment with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and others. Meanwhile, they have a big brother to the north, which, praise God, has technology at its disposal. In my opinion, this happens to be a strong point. We can establish an excellent consortium with the Gulf countries, and produce nuclear energy. We will share this technology with them.
I doubt that they will even build a nuclear reactor for them. Take Saudi Arabia, for example. They claim that over 50% of those who participated in the New York bombings were Saudi nationals. They will not give such a country even a nuclear reactor, because they will claim it could fall into the hands of Al-Qaeda.