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Samareh Hashemi: Iran entitled to possess independent nuclear fuel cycle

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 27, IRNA
Senior Presidential Advisor Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi said on Sunday that as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and as a party committed to NPT, Iran has the legal right to own independent nuclear fuel cycle.

"Tehran welcomes establishment of nuclear fuel bank and can be among founders of the bank," Samareh Hashemi told Wall Street Journal on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

He said the Iranian nation is making efforts to access peaceful nuclear technology as its absolute right.

"The UN Security Council should show serious reaction towards the countries producing and stockpiling nuclear arms in the Middle East," he added.

Asked why the UN Security Council should issue a resolution against Iran while its nuclear program is legal and peaceful, he said the UN Security Council does not move on the right path to andle world issues properly.

He said that during eight years of war imposed on Iran by former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein, the UN Security Council issued no resolution against him, while he had violated international conventions and regulations and used chemical weapons to massacre thousands of civilians.

In Iran case, however, "We have been witnessing issuance of baseless resolutions," he added.


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