President Rouhani Reiterates Iran’s Opposition to N. Weapons

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani repeated the country’s opposition to the proliferation of atomic weapons, and underlined that Tehran is using nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The Islamic Republic has, on numerous occasions, stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, while it is using nuclear energy for medical researches instead, Rouhani said, addressing a gathering on the occasion of the International Labor Day in Tehran on Thursday.

He also stresses that the anti-Iran sanctions are unfounded and have nothing to do with the country’s peaceful nuclear program.

Rouhani’s remarks came as Iran and the Group 5+1 group (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) are slated to start a new round of talks on Tehran’s nuclear energy program later this month.

On November 24, Iran and the world powers sealed a six-month Joint Plan of Action to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program. In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet of world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran and continue talks with the country to settle all problems between the two sides.

Based on the deal, Iran halted its 20-percent enrichment activity in January.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi underlined that Iran’s enrichment right has been clearly stipulated in the Geneva accord sealed by Tehran and the six major world powers late in November, adding that the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) had already granted the right to the country, however.

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