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15:01 | 2012-08-28


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Soltaniyeh: Iran Not to Compromise N. Rights

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh underlined that Iran will not succumb to the western pressures to compromise its right to use peaceful nuclear technology.

"Iran will not give up or compromise its inalienable right to use nuclear energy, fuel cycle and enrichment," Soltaniyeh said at a press conference on the sidelines of the 16th heads-of-state summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran on Tuesday.

He, meantime, stressed Iran's commitment to its undertakings within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the International Atomic Energy Agency's statute, and said Tehran will continue its cooperation with the IAEA.

In similar remarks in May, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tehran would stick hard to its nuclear rights under any kind of condition.

"They (the West) should know that this nation will not retreat even an iota from its inalienable rights," he added.

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. Tehran also stresses that the country is pursuing a civilian path to 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.

Iran is under four 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 the world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West's hardline stance on Tehran.