Supreme leader: West’s stubbornness blocks settlement of Iran’s N. issue

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the Tehran-West nuclear standoff can be solved easily if the western states stop their stubborn attitude.

“As I said on the first day of the New Iranian Year (March 21), a number of countries which comprise the opposition front against Iran and falsely call themselves as the international community stubbornly don’t want the (Iranian) nuclear issue to be solved. But if they leave their stubbornness, Iran’s nuclear issue will be solved easily and swiftly,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a number of Iranian Judiciary officials in Tehran on Wednesday.

“Iran’s nuclear issue has many times neared the moment of settlement, but Americans have raised new excuses then,” he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to a written document signed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the settlement of the problems whcih existed in Iran’s nuclear issue, and said, “Therefore, Iran’s nuclear case should have been closed, but Americans raised new issues right away since they see the nuclear issue a proper point for threatening and pressuring Iran.”

He stressed Iran’s transparency and compliance with the international laws in its nuclear activities, and said, “Iran’s nuclear activities are based on a strong rationale, but enemies aim to exhaust the Iranian nation and change the government by preventing the settlement of Tehran’s nuclear issue. That’s why they do not allow the (nuclear) issue to be resolved”.

Washington and its western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed west’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.

The Islamic Republic says that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

By Fars News

 

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