Basij Commander Terms N. Issue Enemies' Pretext for Animosity towards Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi stressed that the western states are using the nuclear issue as a pretext to take hostile measures against the Iranian nation which has chosen Islam as its religion.
"This imagination that the enemy is fighting us due to the nuclear issue is completely wrong," Naqdi said, asking if Iran were using nuclear technology when a western-backed Iraqi war was waged against it from 1980 to 1988.
He described the Islamic nature of Iran as the root cause of the West's animosity towards the country, and said, "They have a problem with Islam."
Naqdi said that the Islamic Republic has managed to foil all enemies' plots against Islam, and stated that enemies are filled with the fear of Islamic Iran and the fear that the world people might choose the Islamic civilization and start a modern Islamic civilization in the world.
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 sanctions and the western embargos 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.
Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.