Iranian leader calls for withdrawal from Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Substitute Leader of Tehran Friday Prayers and Secretary of the Guardians Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati on Friday called for Iran's withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), reported the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). "The treaty has been denounced by a number of states. Although Iran has signed the NPT, it is free to withdraw from it anytime," he was quoted as saying.
Iran's Vice-President and Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Gholam-Reza Aghazadeh addressing the 47th regular IAEA session had said that his country's cooperation with the IAEA within the framework of the comprehensive safeguards will continue as before.
According to Aghazadeh, Iran has been fully committed to its NPT responsibilities, not only due to its contractual obligation, but also because of its religious and ethical considerations, IRNA said.
On Thursday, former Iranian president, Hashemi Rafsanjani said that Iran's military strategy is defensive. "We are not a threat to any country in the world," Rafsanjani stated.
He added those who threaten Iran should know that conditions are different from the past and the Iranian nation is more than ever ready to defend the country.
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