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Ahmadinejad stresses Iran's determination to develop nuclear technology

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 27, IRNA
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stressed the strong determination of the Iranian nation to develop nuclear energy for peaceful uses and said the Iranian government will pursue this inalienable right through reason, patience and perseverance.

Speaking at a cabinet session Monday, the president pointed to the real motives of critics for making an issue of Iran's nuclear program and of seeking its condemnation by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), saying Iran was perfectly within its rights as the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entitles all IAEA members to pursue nuclear technology and complete the fuel cycle, activities over which the Iranian nation is now very heavily put under pressure.

Referring to the various measures the Iranian government has taken in the past two years to build confidence in its nuclear program, he believed the moves taken by certain big powers with regard to the Iran nuclear issue in the IAEA Board of Governors was wholly politically motivated.

Describing Iran's efforts at completing the fuel cycle as a local achievement, he decried the practice of nuclear apartheid of world powers which keep silent with regard to a few countries which have full access and use of nuclear technology while depriving others of even gaining access to it.

The president pointed out that IAEA Director-General Mohammed ElBaradei had stressed in his reports that Iran's nuclear activities had not been found to have violated IAEA rules and regulations but that the EU-3 has been encouraged to press the issue by powers which seek to limit progress to themselves while leaving others backward.

He said the EU-3, which are themselves nuclear powers and threats to world security with their atomic bombs, are now trying their utmost to prevent other countries from gaining access to nuclear power on the pretext of defending global security.

Ahmadinejad further rejected demands on Iran beyond those which it has committed itself under international treaties and agreements, saying Iran has its own friends in the world which have not been listened to.

He further concluded by saying Iranian diplomacy is vigorous, frank and capable of defending its national interests.



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