World Bulletin / News Desk
Iran will not step back from pursuing nuclear technology, nor will it give into discrimination in this regard, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.
Speaking at a ceremony to unveil three new health-related nuclear projects, Rouhani has dismissed allegations that Iran is pursuing a secret nuclear energy program.
Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful and in line with the Non-Proliferation Treaty and international regulations, he said, stressing that they have never intended to and will never pursuit weapons of mass destruction.
Rouhani's remarks come just four days after Iran and the P5+1, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, held ‘constructive talks’ to reach a final comprehensive deal regarding Iran’s nuclear activities.
The two-day expert level meeting held in New York on May 6-7 aimed at contributing to the next and fourth round of senior-level negotiations in Vienna on May 13.
The world powers aim to curb Iran's nuclear activities while it is seeking a release from sanctions, which threaten to cripple its economy.
Iran says its nuclear activities are peaceful and are aimed at electricity generation. However, the West suspects Iran of aiming to produce nuclear weapons with help from nuclear power-enriched uranium.
Iran though, has diluted half of its enriched uranium in accordance with an interim nuclear agreement the International Atomic Energy Agency reported April 17.
The agreement, signed in November 2013 by the P5+1 and Iran, requests Iran suspend its uranium enrichment activities and other certain aspects of its nuclear activities until July 20, 2014 in return for the easing of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Khamenei says West's calls to limit missiles "stupid"
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that Western expectations for the Islamic Republic to limit its missile programme were "stupid and idiotic".
The Supreme Leader also called on the country's Revolutionary Guards to mass-produce missiles.
The United States and its allies have said they are worried about Iran's missile programme as they fear the weapons could carry nuclear warheads. Iran has long denied having any plans to develop atomic weapons.
"They expect us to limit our missile programme while they constantly threaten Iran with military action. So this is a stupid, idiotic expectation," Khamenei was quoted as telling the IRNA news agency while on a visit to an aeronautics fair by the Revolutionary Guards.
"The revolutionary guards should definitely carry out their programme and not be satisfied with the present level. They should mass produce. This is a main duty of all military officials," Khamenei said.Last Mod: 11 Mayıs 2014, 17:44