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14:36 | 2013-05-12


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Iran Raps French FM's Remarks on Tehran's Peaceful N. Program

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry lashed out at French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for his biased remarks on Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

In a statement on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said that the remarks by the French foreign minister are an apparent example of his "conscious prejudice" against the peaceful nature of the Islamic Republic of Iran's nuclear activities and an effort to divert the French public opinion's attention from domestic crisis in the country.

Mehman-Parast stressed that France tries to accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons and portray Tehran as a threat to the international peace while it has ignored the Zionist regime of Israel as" the main impediment to regional and international peace."

The foreign ministry spokesman further advised French officials to avoid resorting to such wrong claims and justifications to hide their inability to fulfill election pledges.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.