Iran dismisses G8 statement on nuclear, missile program

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has dismissed the recent statement by the Group of Eight industrialized nations (G8) about the Iranian nuclear energy and ballistic missile program.

“Iran’s ballistic missile program is in line with the country’s defense doctrine [and is used for] legitimately defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iran and does not pose a threat to any country,” Ramin Mehmanparast said Wednesday.

In their final statement after holding talks on 10-11 April in London, Foreign ministers of the G8 grouping of world nations expressed their concern regarding Iran’s continuing nuclear and ballistic missile activities.

Mehmanparast once again reaffirmed the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, saying its activities have been under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The spokesman also noted that the Islamic Republic as a religious state adheres to its international obligations with regards to human rights based on Islamic laws and the will of its people.

The US, Israel and some of their allies falsely claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the claim as pretext to impose illegal sanctions against Iran.

Tehran rejects the allegation over its nuclear energy activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

By Press TV


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