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Larijani: Uranium enrichment crucial for Iran like breathing

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, July 25, IRNA
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The Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Wednesday that Tehran is determined to avoid suspending nuclear enrichment and ignoring nuclear fuel cycle for civilian purposes.

Larijani made the remarks in an interview with six European reporters, published in the London-based dailies 'The Independent and Guardian'.

He noted, "Even if the US president gives Iran security guarantees, Tehran will not suspend uranium enrichment," adding, "We do not need the US security assurances, and that the two issues are different."

The Independent quoted Larijani as saying that connecting the two different issues with each other will be like saying that if you want the US security assurances, you should stop breathing.

The Iranian top nuclear negotiator further noted, "Iran will never be trapped by the West on its nuclear enrichment drive, because Tehran was to voluntarily suspended it for three weeks, but it was prolonged for two and a half years in practice."

Pointing to Tehran's proposal on joint international uranium enrichment on Iranian soil, he said, "They are opposed to Iranians possessing nuclear technology. This is a strategic failure, however, Iran has already acquired the technology."

Larijani underlined that Iran is determined to continue cooperation with the international community and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with an aim of removing ambiguities on its nuclear activities.

The report said that Iran has dismissed the proposal of the EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana on voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment in exchange for not facing a new resolution by the UN Security Council against Iranian nuclear program.

Larijani threatened that the UNSC resolution against Iran will tarnish international safeguard agreements and will be considered as a violation of peaceful nuclear treaties, Guardian reported.

He further underscored that Tehran will submit all information concerning its peaceful nuclear activities to the IAEA
representatives.

Guardian quoted Larijani as saying, "Although Iran enjoys sufficient centrifuges to produce atomic bomb, the country has no intention to develop nuclear weapons in contrast with North Korea, which has pursued the trend.

The British newspaper also said that the Iranian top nuclear negotiator underlined the late Imam Khomeini and the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei opposed every attempt to produce or develop nuclear weapons, arguing that atomic bomb will increase unrest and chaos worldwide.

According to the report, the SNSC secretary declared that Tehran is cooperating with the IAEA within the framework of international regulations and safeguard agreements, noting, if the country encounters illegal acts by international community, it will have no option but to resort to lawlessness.

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