Indonesia Says It Supports Iran's Right To Pursue Nuclear Technology For Peaceful Means

Indonesia said it supports Iran's right to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful means but reiterated its opposition to weapons proliferation ahead of a six-day visit by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, starting Tuesday. Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda sa

Indonesia Says It Supports Iran's Right To Pursue Nuclear Technology For Peaceful Means

JAKARTA (AP): Indonesia said it supports Iran's right to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful means but reiterated its opposition to weapons proliferation ahead of a six-day visit by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, starting Tuesday. Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said Ahmadinejad would discuss the nuclear issue with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono when the two leaders meet Wednesday. "We want to hear for ourselves from Iran about their position on the resolution being discussed at the United Nations," he told reporters late Monday.

"Our position is that we support nuclear development for peaceful purposes, especially energy, but we consistently object to nuclear weapons proliferation," he said. The United States is backing a draft UN resolution that could lead to sanctions and possible military action against Iran if the country does not suspend uranium enrichment -- a process that can produce fuel for nuclear reactors to generate electricity or material for nuclear warheads. Iran says it will not build a nuclear bomb, but U.S. and European officials suspect the Middle Eastern country secretly intends to.

Ahmadinejad's trip to Indonesia follows lobbying visits by at least two other high-level Iranian officials in recent months to Indonesia, which is also being courted by Western nations keen to show support for its moderate Muslim traditions. He is to meet Yudhoyono and other political and religious leaders in the capital, Jakarta, from Wednesday through Friday before flying to the resort of island of Bali for a conference of mostly Muslim countries. Ahead of Ahmadinejad's arrival in the world's most populous Muslim nation, Elnusa, a unit of Indonesia's state-owned oil company, signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Iranian Oil Refinery and Distribution Co. to build a 300,000-barrel-a-day refinery. Indonesia is the sole Southeast Asian member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, but became a net oil importer in 2005 following decades of low investment in the country.

The Jakarta Post

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