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Ex-President: Military weapons have no room in Iran's N-Program

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 27, IRNA – Substitute Friday prayers leader of Tehran Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Friday that Iran is ready to prove in talks that military weapons have no room in Iran’s nuclear program.

“Absolutely, manufacture of military weapons has no position in Iran’s nuclear program. We are ready to prove the issue in talks,” Ayatollah Rafsanjani, who is the Head of the Experts Assembly and the Expediency Council Chairman, said in his second Friday prayers sermon to large groups of Tehrani Friday prayers worshipers.

Ayatollah Rafsanjani said, “Definitely, the Friday prayers leader does not say anything wrong from the Friday prayers tribune; neither does he give an awry promise because it (the sermon) is like saying two units of prayers. Those listening to this sermon should know that we do not wish to divert our nuclear program towards military side and we are ready to prove the issue in talks.”

He said, “If you have good intention towards talks, so do not seek pretexts. Talks should be long, constant and logical, while being free of any threat, intimidation and warning so that we can reach a point that is fact. I tell you for sure that in Iran’s nuclear program there is no room for manufacture of military weapons. Those are you who insinuate the wrong concept to the world public opinion and minds; don’t do that. You terrify the region; that’s not to anybody’s interest.”

Commenting on recent Iran report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Head, Mohammad ElBaradei, Iran’s former president said the report is double-standard and not good. “Despite announcing that there is no reason for Iran going after military works, the report continued to leave the ambiguity why Iran does not implement the additional protocol?”

He added, “We have not signed the additional protocol and have neither given any commitment.”

Elsewhere in his address, Ayatollah Rafsanjani asked on Russians to make good on their promise with regards to Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant.

“Russians and others too should know that Iran has reached some point as showed in uranium enrichment and satellite launching to the space. If they do not come, we will be able to complete it ourselves; But they should fulfill their promise.”

He hailed Omid (Hope) Satellite launching to the space, saying it was a very huge task.

He then welcomed agreement among Palestinian groups to form the national unity government, saying it is source of happiness.

“Based on news available, Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad agreed to form national unity government; the move can be source of happiness.”

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