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18:19 | 2013-04-08

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MP: Western Leaders Seeking to Prevent Iran's Progress

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator rapped the western powers for raising baseless allegations against Tehran's peaceful nuclear program, and said they want to prevent Iran's progress and development.

"The western leaders are not concerned about the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear technology, rather they are using it as a pretext to prevent Iran's scientific progress," Mohammad Ali Esfanani told FNA on Monday.

"Were these countries concerned about the non-peaceful uses of the nuclear technology, they would first deal with those states which have used the nuclear energy for inhuman goals and questioned them," he added.

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 (UNSC) sanctions and the western embargos for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed the 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 IAEA's questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over 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 the other third-world countries.