"The nuclear know-how increases the country's power and today the Islamic Iran enjoys this capability," Chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said, addressing a large number of university students in the Southern city of Bushehr on Monday.
He downplayed the effects of the western sanctions on Iran's progress, and said, "The Islamic Iran has managed to maintain its might in the world order" despite all plots and obstacles.
"Today the Islamic Republic of Iran enjoys abundant capabilities and power," Boroujerdi underlined.
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 NPT entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.
Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.
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. 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.