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FM: Centrifuge construction within framework of Iran's peaceful nuclear activity

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 22, IRNA
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Monday that centrifuge construction is in line with Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

Addressing a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart, Walid al-Moualem, Mottaki said the activities are under the supervision of and with the information of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Asked to cite figures, Mottaki said, "Lets wait and see; the Iran's Atomic Energy Organization officials would provide information on the issue at an appropriate time."

On the possibility of tougher sanctions against Iran in the upcoming UN Security Council session, Mottaki said, "We hope the UN Security Council members would adopt proper decisions on the issue." He said letters have been sent to 14 UN Security Council members, in which Tehran officially complained and protested about their votes in favor of earlier UNSC resolution.

He added that the letter would in future be put at the disposal of the media.

"No international decision should deprive countries of their absolute rights," Mottaki said, adding, "Iran is a big country and I do not think that some countries would be ready to restrict their ties with the country."
He said the measures Iran has taken in connection with nuclear activities are the result of consensus and based on wisdom and logic.

He added the decision is in line with restoration of Iranian nation's right for acquiring peaceful nuclear technology.

In support of his claim, Mottaki said the IAEA Board resolutions as well as the UN Security Council's political resolutions have referred to the right of Iran, which has for more than three decades been a signatory to the NPT.

Emphasizing that Iran will follow the natural course to gain its rights, Mottaki said Tehran will act wisely in the face of decisions and approaches take by the other party.

"Iran welcomes talks and dialogue," stressed Mottaki, adding, "Something is irrevocable, and that's the Islamic Republic of Iran would not give up the nation's right to peaceful nuclear technology." As for wargames in Semnan province, Mottaki said military exercises are like laboratories and educational workshops for students and researchers.

"In every corner of the world, military forces need to launch wargames to raise their combat preparedness," he noted.

He said such wargames were launched in the past too in a routine and regular basis and recent maneuver too was aimed at raising combat readiness of Iranian defense forces.


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