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Larijani urges US-based Iranians to support nuclear know-how

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New York, Sept 18, IRNA
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Larijani, here Saturday night urged the Iranians to safeguard nuclear expertise.

Larijani, who made the statement in a meeting with the Iranian elite, termed his country's acquiring nuclear technology an honor for Iranians.

He, however, said it is a heavy responsibility for Iranian people to protect it against great pressure by some powerful states.

"At this juncture, every Iranian is duty-bound to protect the technology. It is hard to take strides toward this path, but the Iranians' resistance will pave the way," said the SNSC secretary.

"The inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have confessed that Iran is among few countries, which have acquired the atomic technology," boasted the official.

"Numerous states have nuclear power plants, but they lack nuclear technology," noted Larijani justifying that hostility toward Iran has mounted because the country will own nuclear technology forever.

Shifting to obstacles some hegemonic powers create in the way of Iran's access to modern technologies, he asked, "If their concern is Tehran's possible development of atomic bombs under the cover of its peaceful nuclear program, why have they refused to transfer other modern technologies to us?
"According to regulations of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), those countries, which possess nuclear technology must help transfer to other states the know-how for peaceful purposes.

But some certain countries have done nothing for Iran, a signatory of the NPT, during the recent years and they have only create obstacles.

"Iran has strived to preserve its nuclear technology
through peaceful means over the past two years. The IAEA inspectors have repeatedly visited our nuclear sites. They were even permitted to inspect our military centers -- a permission no country grants.

"We have aimed to prove the world Iran is not seeking atomic bomb, but it is after (peaceful) nuclear technology."

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