Former president: Iran not to give up right to develop nuclear energy
Former Iranian president annd current Chairman of the Expediency Council (EC) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Friday that Iran will never give up its right to develop nuclear energy for "peaceful purposes."
"No official in a country like Iran will ever dare deprive his own people from the benefits of this decisive technology and, more significantly, from an important science to which they have a right," Rafsanjani said in his Tehran Friday Prayer sermon, quoted by IRNA.
"The Islamic Republic has never been guilty of blackmail or made concessions on minor issues and with more reason will not be compelled to give concessions on the more important issue of technology to produce nuclear energy."
Rafsanjani said Iran will continue its pursuit of technology to develop nuclear energy for "peaceful purposes."
"We are against using this science for military affairs and we will continue in our path," he told worshipers at the campus of Tehran University.
"If the world cooperates with us on the peaceful use of nuclear technology, we will be able to resolve the issue. And if they try to bully us, then each will carry out his perceived duties." (Albawaba.com)
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