Iran, effective country in nuclear technology: Khatami
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Aug 22, IRNA
Former president Mohammad Khatami said here Sunday evening that Iran has turned into an effective and creative country in the area of peaceful nuclear technology.
Addressing a ceremony to commemorate the 16-year efforts of the former secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani, he called for the continuation of the trend to maintain the invaluable achievement.
"Today, the West has taken a passive stand toward the Islamic Republic in the area of nuclear technology," Khatami added.
Also addressing the ceremony, Rowhani said, "We have gone through one of the most difficult national challenges in the past few years.
"Today, we have reached a point that is difficult for our enemies to believe."
Rowhani said, "The SNSC did not let suspension turn into a legal commitment. Although such an issue was difficult for Europe, the EU accepted it.
"We are ready for negotiations with Europe, but this is up to the EU to decide to continue talks with Iran."
The peaceful nature of Iranian nuclear activities was proved in the course of negotiations, he said adding that Iran managed to make use of the opportunity to upgrade its nuclear technology.
He wished success for his successor Ali Larijani in his new post.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Rowhani is an strategic personality for the past, present and future of the Islamic Republic system.
Delivering a speech at the commemoration ceremony for Rowhani, he praised the great efforts made by the former SNSC secretary in various fields, particularly in the area of nuclear technology.
At the end of the ceremony, Information Minister Ali
Younesi lauded the remarkable services of Rowhani during his term in office.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|