Larijani says no alternative but to stay course on nuclear program
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Qom, Sept 28, IRNA
Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani here Wednesday said that Iran in order to have access to nuclear technology has no alternative but to resist pressures by big powers.
Speaking at a gathering of religious figures, he added,"we are at a sensitive juncture and Tehran needs the guidance of religious scholars to tread the path."
"We should not neglect our legitimate rights in acquiring nuclear technology and should stand firm in our goals to have a peaceful nuclear program."
He said the Western powers are interested to stop Iran's uranium enrichment and prevent the country from access to nuclear fuel cycle.
They divide the nations in two categories of "central" and "periphery" and in a manner practice a defunct landlord and peasant system in their relations with developing nations.
The Western powers aim to have a monopoly and control of various technologies, including the nuclear-related know-how and technology, he said.
"They are also concerned that if Iran acquires nuclear technology the situation in the region will be altered."
Larijani said that in the last two years after erroneous interpretations of the domestic situation, they reckoned that Iran's conditions calls for them to offer economic incentives to prevent Iran from having nuclear technology.
"Unfortunately at that time the 6th Majlis broached the issue of Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation-Treaty (NPT) which became a pretext for economic proposals put forth by the Western powers.
I have been certain beginning two years ago that they intend to prolong the negotiations so that the uranium suspension continues, preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear technology."
Larijani also referred to the voluntary suspension of fuel cycle by Iran.
They said the nuclear negotiations will continue until Iran offers objective guarantees to not build nuclear weapons, but ultimately they asserted that the best guarantees for Iran is to cease operating nuclear fuel cycle, he added.
Our argument is that we are a member of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and aim to continue with nuclear fuel cycle based on IAEA Safeguard Agreements and regard it as Iran's legitimate right, Larijani stated.
He said that the recent IAEA resolution is "unjust." They have gone further than provisions enshrined in the NPT and have concocted new laws for Iran, Larijani added.
Continuation of uranium suspension, abiding by Additional Protocol, and suspension of heavy-water nuclear activities include parts of the resolution which were rejected by Iran.
"They now strive to use the pretext of referral of the issue to the UN Security Council as a way to make threat against Tehran." The nuclear power is Iran's alienable right and important for the nation's future progress, Larijani underlined.
"In today's world economic well-being of countries are based on nuclear technology."
The animosity of the US and World arrogance is not only predicated on nuclear power, but they will also put forth other issues including human rights, Palestinian issue and others, added Larijani.
They are after challenging Iran and if we fail to be steadfast in establishing our nuclear rights then we have to give up on many other issues as well, the secretary of SNSC retorted.
The current situation is a turning point and it is our national desire to counter their undue pressures. "Albeit we will act with moderation."
He then alluded to the historical record on Iran's nuclear program.
The deposed shah's regime signed 40 year ago a contract with the US for building nuclear powerplant and a heavy-water rector.
After the Islamic revolution the contract was annulled by Washington and "they even refused to return the money paid for the clear fuel," he said.
In 1990s a commission was formed at the IAEA for guarantees on supply of nuclear fuel to the members which was not successful.
"We do not have any guarantees for supplies of nuclear fuel. Iran was forced to turn its efforts to obtain nuclear technology to meet its fuel needs culminating after 18 years with the facilities that have been built", Larijani stated.
The Majlis (Parliament) here Wednesday approved a motion of single urgency laying out a plan for the government to suspend implementation of the NPT Additional Protocol.
The motion was passed with 162 MPs in favor, 42 against and 15 abstaining from the voting.
It was presented by over 155 MPs in reaction to last Saturday's resolution passed by the UN nuclear watchdog (IAEA) which declared Tehran in violation of its NPT commitments.
The resolution was drafted and proposed by the three European states (Britain, France and Germany) representing the EU in the nuclear talks at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and passed by its governing board without the required consensus, raising doubts on its legality.
The approved motion binds the government to suspend its voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) until Tehran succeeds in obtaining recognition of its right to complete the nuclear fuel cycle.
"Majlis urges the government to suspend implementation of the Additional Protocol to the NPT in order to defend the indisputable right of the Iranian nation," wrote the text of the plan, saying it is also intended to "preserve the scientific achievements of Iranian offspring."
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