Iran: Right to access nuclear technology ”non-negotiable”
Iran's right to access nuclear fuel technology or carry out nuclear-related research is non-negotiable, government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said Monday. According to IRNA, Elham said Iran backed efforts to defend peace and to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction.
"Tehran is ready for any cooperation or negotiation leading to global nuclear disarmament," stressed the spokesman.
Referring to the upcoming meeting of the 5+1 Group in London on Wednesday, the official urged participants (representatives from the UN five permanent members and Germany) in the meeting to "take into consideration Iran's legitimate rights in the nuclear field" when making decisions on the nuclear issue.
Stressing that each and every Iranian was pressing for the right to acquire civilian nuclear energy, he said this was "not a matter the government can surrender." "Based on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) even the right to enrich uranium is non-negotiable," Elham said, reiterating that Iran's nuclear program was for peaceful purposes and Tehran supports the idea of making the world free from nuclear weapons. However, added the spokesman, "Iran believes that access to peaceful nuclear technology is an indisputable and irreversible right of the nation."