"Nuclear energy is not only our inalienable right but also a necessity for the Iranian nation," Baqeri said at a meeting here in Tehran on Friday to mark 'the National Day of Nuclear Technology' in Iran.
Referring to Iran's achievements and developments in nuclear technology amid the pressures and sanctions imposed on the country over the last few years, he underlined, "The main key to our success was unity and resistance of the nation against the hegemony of the other side and the enemies…."
All of these progresses have been made within the framework of the rules and regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Baqeri reiterated.
Iran and the West are at loggerheads over Tehran's nuclear program. 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 and provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
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's opposition with Iran is mainly due 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.
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.
A fourth UNSC sanctions resolution ratified last year did not bring any fresh sanctions against Tehran and just reiterated the council's previous measures against the Islamic Republic.
Tehran has thus 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.
Iran has also insisted that it would continue enriching uranium because it needs to provide fuel to a 300-megawatt light-water reactor it is building in the southwestern town of Darkhoveyn as well as its first nuclear power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr.