چهارشنبه ۲۶ مهر ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۱۶:۱۹
NUCLEAR: Uranium Enrichment Is Iran’s Legitimate Right, Foreign Minister Says
Foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Wednesday that the Islamic regime would not abandon uranium enrichment activity, which it resumed with construction of centrifuges, but added that the Islamic government will try to convince the world community that its purposes are peaceful, in order to avoid being referred to the UN Security Council for breach of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. August 4, 2004 - Pressed by the conservative faction, who have blamed the Islamic government of compromising on Iran’s nuclear program, foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Wednesday that Iran had a “legitimate right” to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, according to official news agency IRNA. “We will lobby for our rights in the international community to deal with the negative atmosphere our enemies have created against Iran,” Kharrazi said.
“We will never allow the enemy to trample upon our legitimate rights enshrined in the international conventions,” he added, commenting on last week’s talks in Paris between envoys of the Islamic Regime and officials of the French, German and British governments, who reported that no substantial result was achieved in their effort to press Iran to forgo its project to construct centrifuges.
“There has been absolutely no agreement that Iran would stop enriching uranium, since enrichment is our legitimate right,” Kharrazi said.
“We will continue negotiations with the European countries, the International Atomic Energy Agency and members of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM),” he added.
He said Iran needed to “clarify our program to them and make it clear that Iran needs nuclear energy to go ahead with its economic development plan.”
“We should wait and see. We will not allow Iran’s case to be referred to the UN Security Council. We will enlighten the world community about Iran’s nuclear program and I hope that we will defuse the propaganda campaign against Iran,” he added.
Kharrazi cautioned about any hasty move by Iran’s hard-line elements, and added that “We have to wait and see what happens in the September meeting of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors.