West using nuclear issue as pretext to pressure Iran: Haddad-Adel

Principlist candidate Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel addresses people in the holy city of Qom on June 4, 2013.

Iranian presidential candidate Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel says the US and its allies are using Iran’s nuclear program as an excuse to mount pressure on the Islamic Republic.

“I believe that Iran’s nuclear issue is [being used as] a pretext to oppose the Islamic Republic of Iran…. The Americans and all of their allies know that Iran’s nuclear activities are peaceful and in line with international regulations so Iran’s nuclear issue is [used as] an excuse to pressure the Islamic Republic…,” Haddad-Adel said during a press conference on Saturday.

The lawmaker named resistance against economic pressure and sanctions as the only way of success in nuclear talks with the P5+1.

Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers – Russia, China, France, Britain, and the US plus Germany – have held several rounds of talks, mainly over the Iranian nuclear energy program.

“The way to success in the nuclear issue is for us to insure the country against economic pressure and sanctions… our representative diplomat can only be successful when the US sees no hope in achieving success through economic pressure,” Haddad-Adel added.

The Principlist candidate emphasized that any pressure caused from the sanctions can be minimized through better management in economy and by creating domestic stability and unity.

“Resolving our problems is firstly through disappointing our enemy [in achieving success] through exerting pressure on us and this can be done through economic management and creating solidarity and a peaceful environment at home ….,” he added.

Haddad-Adel is facing seven rivals in the upcoming election, including Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, former First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

On June 14, Iranians will cast their ballots at over 66,000 polling stations across the country in the nation’s 11th presidential election. Expatriates will also be able to vote at 285 polling stations which will be set up in other countries.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.

By Press TV


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