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15:46 | 2009-04-12


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MP: Zionist Lobby Unable to Thwart Iran's Progress

TEHRAN (FNA)- US political pressures and the Zionist lobby's efforts to deter Iran from localizing nuclear knowledge and making nuclear achievements have proved fruitless, a senior Iranian legislator said.

Referring to the completion of Iran's nuclear fuel cycle, member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Karami Raad told FNA on Saturday, "Iran's peaceful nuclear goals could impose Iranians' positive will on the enemies, thus the world nations can pick up this positive move of Iran as their paradigm."

He noted that Iran expects to produce 20,000 megawatt electricity in 20 years through using nuclear energy, and said the country hopes that its scientists build the needed nuclear power plants.

Commenting on the United States' reaction to Iran's nuclear successes and possible resumption of ties between Tehran and Washington, the legislative official reminded that Tehran has come under much pressure and numerous sanctions due to Washington's enmity in the last 30 years.

Iran is under three rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.

Iran has so far ruled out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the NPT would encourage world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West's hardline stance on Tehran.

The MP said that US President Barack "Obama should shift its tone and course of action" when dealing with the Islamic Republic the same way that the EU and other world countries have "accepted that they should change their behavior towards the Islamic Iran".

Iran says its nuclear program is a peaceful drive to produce electricity so that the world's fourth-largest crude exporter can sell more of its oil and gas abroad. The US and its western allies allege that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program while they have never presented corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations against the Islamic Republic.

Analysts believe that the US is at loggerheads with Iran due mainly to the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.

The US attempt to push for stronger Security Council sanctions has been undermined by the country's own national intelligence estimate, published in late 2007, which said Iran is not pursuing a weapons program.

Washington's push for additional UN penalties also contradicts reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohammed ElBaradei - including a report in November 2007 and the other one in February 2008 - which praised Iran's truthfulness about key aspects of its past nuclear activities and announced settlement of outstanding issues with Tehran.

The February report by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, praised Iran's cooperation in clearing up all of the past questions over its nuclear program, vindicating Iran's nuclear program and leaving no justification for any new UN sanctions.