BISHKEK, September 13 (RIA Novosti) – Iran can provide guarantees in the near future that its nuclear program is peaceful, but only if its right to develop atomic energy is respected, President Hassan Rouhani said Friday.
That guarantee can be ensured by “consolidating mutual trust,” he told a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a post-Soviet Eurasian security bloc.
Iran complies with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty while maintaining “the incontestable right of all the participants in the treaty to the peaceful use of nuclear technology, including uranium enrichment,” Rouhani said.
He dismissed what he called the “politically motivated sanctions against Iran” as “unwarranted and unlawful.”
Certain countries are unable “to break the vicious circle of old colonial perceptions, and out of old habit continue to speak to other nations in the language of force and diktat,” Rouhani said.
Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said late Thursday that although the nuclear case against Iran was “fabricated,” his country was ready to address Western concerns over its nuclear program, Press TV reported. He said he will attend an annual meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna next week and will hold talks with Yukiya Amano, director general of the UN nuclear watchdog.
A regular round of talks between Iran and the IAEA will be held on September 27.
On Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran will pursue its peaceful nuclear program and will not yield to pressure to scrap it, since it has no intention of acquiring nuclear weapons.
Western countries suspect Iran of using its nuclear program to develop atomic weapons, a claim that Iran has consistently denied. Tehran claims it needs atomic technology for producing electricity, although it has some of the world’s largest reserves of oil and gas.