دوشنبه ۴ بهمن ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۶:۱۷ - ۲۳ ژانویه ۲۰۱۷
President Mohammed Khatami, in a trip to the northern province of Iran on Monday 19th September, strongly condemned the IAEA’s resolution on Iran’s nuclear activities. This is his first direct response since the resolution was passed unanimously on Saturday. Although members of the Iranian parliament have expressed their disapproval shortly after the resolution was passed, there had been no official response from the government until now. In a speech in Uraemia, a northern city of Iran in Azerbaijan, Mr. Khatami condemned the pressure exerted on Iran by the IAEA to abandon its nuclear activities. He called this the outcome of “hypocrisy and bullying in international relations” and said it is a clear sign of disapproval of the Islamic Republic.
“What are going on these days, with regard to our nuclear program, are a good sign of global moral decadence and the dominance of intimidation and hypocrisy in international relations. Why shouldn’t Iranian people have the right to become powerful? Why in this discriminating world, should the Islamic Republic be under pressure? Isn’t it because we want to be independent, to progress and wish to consolidate our own Islamic democracy?” Khatami said.
At the same time, Golamthe-Reza Aghazadeh, the head of Iran’s nuclear power organisation and a deputy to the President, in a speech in Vienna said:” Iran will continue its nuclear activities without any delay”.
In Tehran, Ali Yunesi, cabinet minister for information, told reporters that the IAEA’s resolution is illegal. He emphasised that Iran would ignore the resolution and may start uranium enrichment at any time.
Dr. Al-Baradei the head of UN’s Atomic watchdog in Vienna said Iran is one of the 40 countries in the world that could turn into an atomic power. These countries have the know-how to make the nuclear bomb. He suggested, to prevent a global catastrophe, the world community and international organisations should work together in order to find new ways of controlling the development of nuclear technology in different countries.