Rafsanjani: Iran's nuclear dossier a hard accessible field
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Sept 30, IRNA
An Iranian top cleric on Friday warned Europe and the US that Iran's nuclear dossier is not an easily accessible field.
"The field is mined and dangerous, which if you fail to move through properly, you are feared to inflict a dear cost on yourself, the region and the world," said substitute Friday prayers leader of Tehran Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in his second Friday prayers sermon to multitudes of worshipers.
Rafsanjani said, "Iran is not in a way to surrender whenever you take up leverages and daggers."
He ruled out any attempt by the US and Europe to intimidate Iran by using the nuclear issues as a leverage.
"If your intention is intimidation, you should know that Iranians do not fear and if your intention is to meet your objectives through this way, you should know for certain that one can not talk and negotiate through intimidation," said Rafsanjani in an address to the US and Europe.
Also addressing Iranian officials, Rafsanjani said, "The field is a venue for wisdom and talks and a horizon for materialization of objectives rather than a point for slogans."
He further advised officials to be patient enough in using the leverages without provoking any tension.
Rafsanjani went on to say, "Enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran should know that we will protect our nation's rights and prevent violation of our rights by others.
"We are facing new and grave circumstances; That's a highly serious matter and our nation should not be misled by the wrong information raised to downgrade importance of the issue in their eyes."
Elsewhere in his sermon, Iran's former president said Iranian people are quite aware of the necessity of nuclear technology.
"Unfortunately, in the case of nuclear technology, we are dealing with a group of people that favor nuclear apartheid," said Rafsanjani.
The cleric highlighted significance of nuclear technology in the world's number one sciences, namely energy, agriculture, industry, health and medicine, and said the right can not be easily compromised.
Recalling a number of humiliating treaties Iran bowed to during reigns of former Iranian monarchical regimes, including the capitulation right and the Turkmenchai treaty, Rafsanjani said no body will forgive whoever in the establishment that compromises the rights.
He said all the people and officials in the Islamic Republic system are firm to defend the right.
"Iranian nation has proved that will never bow to humiliation," said the Expediency Council Chairman.
Rafsanjani welcomed with reservation certain group's claim that issues should be raised in an optimistic way to boost public morals, saying, "People should pin hopes on their own might rather than on false optimism."
He said, "Our foe strongly claims that we should not have the fuel cycle, while we stress possessing the fuel cycle; and the issue has no safe side."
Rafsanjani welcomed continuation of nuclear talks, saying, "The talks and discussions should continue; and as for claims that Iran is not trusted, we should prove that we are not after using nuclear weapons."
"Of course, Iranian nation has a shining record in
non-proliferation of such weapons; when Iraqi Baathist regime brought our cities during war under the most heinous attacks of its lethal weapons, we never used such arms because we are not after such dirty practices; and that's our innate nature which should be proven in talks and diplomacy."
Referring to conditions in Iraq and Palestine, Rafsanjani said, "In Iraq, we are unfortunately witnessing dirty mischiefs targeting the Iraqi nation; In Palestine too, Israel withdrew from Gaza to make itself less vulnerable, while stepping up attacks on Palestinians." Rafsanjani said Syria is also in threat, adding, "Our region is in trouble and today, we are in dire need of unity among Muslim forces and we should strengthen proper diplomatic efforts in the region." Yet in some part of the sermon, Rafsanjani called on Muslims, including Shiites and Sunnis, to avoid provocative actions.
Rafsanjani touched on his "important" political talks with Saudi officials during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, saying the pivot of the talks had been unity in the world of Islam.
Recalling Iran's "great victory" at the UN Security Council to prove its righteousness and have Iraq pay reparations as an aggressor in the eight-year war (1980-88), Rafsanjani criticized those trying to misportray significance of the sacred defense and said, "No one can find such a shining part in Iran's history."
He said the country indebted its victory in the eight-year war to self-sacrifices, devotion and faith of its citizens as well as of the martyrs and war veterans and the disabled.
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