Iran will defend nuclear rights: Jalili

Iranian presidential contender Saeed Jalili says Tehran will stand behind its nuclear rights which are supported by many countries, including members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

“They (Western governments) should understand that Iran will not only defend its nuclear rights, but any other rights. They should know that they can’t trifle with Iran when it comes to its rights. Iran is serious about its rights.” Jalili told national TV on Saturday.

The presidential candidate underlined that Tehran uses its nuclear program to produce medicine for over 850 thousand cancer patients.

He said no one has the right to stop uranium enrichment activities, adding Iran was forced to enrich uranium after the West refused to sell it fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Jalili pointed out that commonalities between countries can turn into opportunities for them and boost their relations on the international stage.

“We have many serious commonalities with many countries, and these very commonalities can create opportunities for us,” said Jalili.

He said there are serious differences between Iran and certain Western countries, adding the country’s foreign policy apparatus should turn its spotlight on the nations which have considerable common ground with Iran.

Jalili is competing against seven rivals in the presidential race, namely Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, former First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

On June 14, Iranians will cast their ballots at over 66,000 polling stations across the country, and some 285 polling stations will be set up overseas for Iranian expatriates.

The fourth city and rural council elections are also scheduled to be held on the same day.

By Press TV


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