Iran ex-president says country won't give up nuclear rights
Former Iranian president Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Wednesday his country will get with wisdom its rights with respect to its nuclear program. "The arrogance and its allies will be regretful if they obstruct the Iranian nation's access to the latest science, said Rafsanjani, according to Irna. "We cannot give up our rights," he added.
Rafsanjani dismissed the wide-scale hue and cry launched by the Western political, military and economic circles against Iran since Tuesday after Tehran started nuclear research activities. Calling as "heavy and unprecedented" the anti-Iran propaganda, Rafsanjani said, "In the age of democracy, the natural right of a country, which wants to make use of the latest sciences, is subjected to assaults."
He said the motive behind assaults on Iran goes beyond opposition raised against nuclear programs of the country. "The root cause of these assaults lies in the colonialist nature and policies of the West, whose plan is to keep countries backward."