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Larijani: Iran entitled to nuclear energy based on NPT

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Shiraz, Fars Prov., Oct 10, IRNA

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Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said here Thursday that based on Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Iran is entitled to having nuclear energy.

"Iran is entitled to using nuclear energy based on the NPT; the strategy of the Islamic Republic of Iran on nuclear energy is right," Larijani, who is visiting southern Fars Province, told a group of students here on Thursday.

Asked to provide a background picture of Iran's nuclear activities, Larijani said, "Iran had, during rein of Shah (then king) and when (Henry) Kissinger was then US State Secretary, signed a dlrs six billion deal in nuclear energy and research with the country (the US); furthermore, France too reached contract with Iran in connection with Darkhoein and Bushehr regions and Germany, on the other hand, had similar contract with Iran. But upon triumph of the (Islamic) Revolution, they stopped fueling nuclear reactors and even financing the project. Any country did know it quite well that fuel for the project was limited. The idea to have nuclear energy was a wise one from the standpoint of the Islamic Republic of Iran's leaders. Though the idea posed a big challenge to them (the officials), we eventually managed to master the technology.

"We did not wish to face challenges. When they asked us to suspend enrichment for a few weeks, Europeans, however, supposed that they could block the enrichment upon our acceptance to start initial stage of enrichment.

"Strategically speaking, our method is a right one because we have now reached a capacity in the field of nuclear energy that they (Europeans) can not deny it and due to the same reason they are still after talks with us."

He went on to say that opponents of Iran's nuclear energy raise foolish claims because they do not wish to see Iran as a country enjoying huge resources, skilled manpower and nuclear science.

Asked about inflation, Larijani said government and Majlis are in consensus to harness inflation prudently.



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