Iranian nation determined to use peaceful nuclear energy: Soltanieh

The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the Iranian nation is determined to take advantage of peaceful nuclear energy despite the wave of political pressures and US-engineered sanctions.

“The Great nation of Iran will not permit anybody to deprive its present and future generation of inalienable right to peaceful nuclear energy, and therefore I can tell you that we will not yield to pressure, sanctions, threats of attack,” Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh said at a press conference in Vienna on Wednesday.

Soltanieh stated that a recent report by the IAEA on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program is not acceptable as it is meant to create “political tension.”

He went on to say that the Israeli and US spy agencies constantly attempt to influence the IAEA reports on Iran’s nuclear energy program.

“They are continuously giving the false information and allegations prepared by the CIA or the Mossad to the agency and keep the agency busy,” the Iranian envoy said.

Soltanieh added that Iran has always been fully committed to protocols that ban the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

“Our nuclear policy is very clear. The nuclear weapon does not have any place in our nuclear doctrine,” he said.

“We’ll continue our nuclear activities, including enrichment, without any interruption under the full scope safeguards [agreement] of the IAEA,” the Iranian diplomat said.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program and have used the unfounded accusation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

By Press TV


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