Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Ahmadinejad: Iran not after acquiring nuclear weapons

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 27, IRNA
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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Sunday said that Iran's defense program is not aimed at acquiring nuclear weapons.

"What we are trying to get at is the use of science for the cause of welfare and advancement of the Iranian nation. We do not have ill-intentions even for our enemies."
The President was addressing a ceremony in which 14 elites in the field of peaceful nuclear technology were awarded plaques of honor.

The progress of the Iranian nation is not a threat to or an obstacle for any state but a cause of progress for other nations, those of the region in particular, he said.

The president said the Iranian nation believes in human dignity and will never submit to oppression.

"The Iranian nation is a peace-loving and noble nation and defends the dignity and prestige of mankind."
President Ahmadinejad said even with respect to the Zionist regime, "which is definitely the enemy of the entire humanity," the Iranian nation calls for holding true and free election to clarify the fate of this regime.

"Owners of nuclear weapons will be the first to benefit from abandoning these weapons," he said.

The Iranian nation is concerned about the entire humanity and it is a shame that there are people who order massacres and resist establishment of ceasefire.

The president said, "The Iranian nation is unanimously and vigorously announcing that peaceful nuclear energy is its inalienable right."

Stressing that this is the legal right of the Iranian nation, he said, "As representative of the people, I am duty-bound to fulfill the people's demands."

Praising the creativity and stamina of young Iranian scientists, he said the hegemonic powers do not want the Iranian nation to progress in any field, and in the world today someone in need will never have dignity.

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