President: Iran not to develop nuclear weapons
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said on Wednesday that Iran's issues with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are getting solved.
Talking to reporters at Khartoum airport before leaving for Oman, Khatami added Iran is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and has accepted the addition protocol voluntarily and cooperated with IAEA inspectors as well.
A report by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei indicated the progress on the issue and the Iranian dossier was expected to be closed, he said, adding under US pressures and those of others the case was not announced closed while other pretexts were also raised.
"We will not move towards possessing nuclear weapons. The issue is not in accordance with our rules. Moreover, security cannot be safeguarded by nuclear weapons.
"All signatories to the NPT have the right to use peaceful nuclear technology," Khatami stressed, according to IRNA. "We will carry out our program to produce electricity and provide fuels for our nuclear power plant. If there is any problem, it relates to the agency and other states." (albawaba.com)
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