Iranian president pledges to defend nation’s N. rights

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said his government is determined to safeguard the nation’s nuclear rights during the negotiations with both the UN nuclear watchdog agency and the six world powers over its nuclear program.

“All meetings and discussions are aimed at protecting our nation’s rights,” Rouhani said on Monday.

“It is natural that reaching an agreement and resolving the problems will take time,” the Iranian president added.

The 12th round of technical talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) started work in Vienna on Monday.

Iran and the six world powers agreed in their third session of talks on October 15 to follow up on the nuclear negotiations on November 7 and 8.

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 and the western embargos 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.

Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of the IAEA’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

By Fars News Agency


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