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First VP: Nuclear technology can pave the way for new scientific developments

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, Oct 27, IRNA

First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi said that access of Iranian youth to nuclear technology, which can pave the way for new scientific developments, is a turning point in the nation's history.

Speaking at a gathering of Iranian expatriates residing in Moscow on Wednesday evening to mark the martyrdom of Imam Ali (AS), he added that Iran would not in any way withdraw from its right to use atomic technology for peaceful purposes.

"The opposition of some countries to Iran's nuclear program is not because they fear the country would have ability to produce nuclear weapons but because they see the scientific potential of the Iranian youth to develop such technology," noted Davoudi.

Turning to Iran's active foreign policy on the international scene, he called for further efforts toward this end.

"Given President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's policy on foreign relations is inclined to the East, Iran's participation in regional treaties such as the one creating the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is necessary," concluded Davoudi.

The ceremony was attended by the visiting first vice-president's accompanying entourage, the Iranian ambassador to Moscow and officials in charge of Iran's representative office in Moscow.

The first vice-president, heading a delegation, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday afternoon to take part in the fourth prime ministers meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states.

China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are SCO member states and Iran have been granted observer status in the organization since last year.

Davoudi is accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari, Deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization for planning and international affairs, Mohammad Saeedi and head of national airlines, Iran Air, Saeed Hessami.

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