Presidential candidate Velayati says will defend Iran’s nuclear rights

Iranian presidential candidate Ali Akbar Velayati says his administration will defend Iran’s right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, while seriously dealing with the issues in economy and foreign policy.

Addressing his supporters in the holy city of Qom on Monday, Velayati said his administration would aim to “strongly defend Iran’s right to [uranium] enrichment and peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to prudently resist the greed and aggression of foreigners,” while addressing the economic and foreign policy issues.

Velayati, who is a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said Iran had managed to enrich uranium and construct thousands of centrifuges thanks to the prudence and resistance of the Leader.

“That we managed to produce thousands of centrifuges is solely due to the prudence and resistance of the Leader and nothing else,” the Iranian presidential candidate stated.

The United States, the Israeli regime, and some of their allies have falsely accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the allegation as an excuse to impose illegal unilateral sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Iran categorically rejects the allegation and argues that it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Velayati, a former Iranian foreign minister, also said that if he wins the election, he will “interact with the world, not with those who are expansionist and not those who, like the US, rattle sabers against the Islamic Republic.”

Velayati is competing with Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Iran’s Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei, Director of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

Two other candidates, former First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, and former Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel withdrew their candidacy bids earlier.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election. This year’s election will be held on June 14.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

By Press TV


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