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Nuclear weapon has no place in Iran's doctrine: Hosseini

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Kuwait City, April 24, IRNA
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad- Ali Hosseini said here Wednesday that pursuance of nuclear weapons has no place in Iran's doctrine.

"Iran opposes production of nuclear weapons based on its Islamic beliefs and commitment to international regulations," he said in a press conference.

"Tehran has responded to all issues raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," Hosseini said.

He added that Iran believes the UN Security Council made an "illegal" decision while adopting resolutions against Tehran, stating that, based on the UN Charter, the council had no right to deprive a country of its legal rights.

The spokesman reiterated that all 118 member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) have explicitly supported Iran's peaceful nuclear activities and announced that all signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), including Iran, have the right to conduct nuclear activities for peaceful objectives.

He said that 11 reports by the IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei confirmed that Iran's nuclear activities had not been diverted to non-peaceful purposes.

Stressing that Iran does not welcome sanctions, Hosseini said, the US have been imposing various sanctions upon Tehran since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. "Sanctions made us take major steps toward self-sufficiency," he added.

He termed as "faint" the possibility of launching a new war in the region by the US and stressed, "We are ready even for this faint possibility and have thought of the necessary measures."

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