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News number: 9202246012

18:03 | 2013-05-31

Foriegn Policy

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Presidential Candidate Reiterates Iran's Regional Clout

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Presidential Candidate Ali Akbar Velayati underlined the country's significant role and power in the region, and said no regional decision can be made without considering Tehran's important role.



Addressing a group of Iranian people in Iran's Northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, Velayati , who is the Iranian Supreme Leader's top advisor for international affairs, said that no regional issue can be resolved in the absence of Iran.

As regards Iran's peaceful nuclear program, Velayati said Iran will never give up its nuclear rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Fossil fuels will soon run out and it is essential for countries like Iran to have complete access to civilian nuclear energy, he added.

Iran is under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment. The United States and the European Union have ratcheted up their sanctions on Iran this year to force it to curb its nuclear program.

Political observers believe that the West 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.