Iran will not give up nuclear programme – Ahmadinejad
Iran will not forgo its nuclear programme despite the findings of the International Atomic Energy Agency report, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has said.
He spoke before a crowd of several thousand people in Tehran’s central square earlier today, following the release of the IAEA report, excerpts from which have been reprinted by the world media.
The report claims prior to 2003 Iran was engaged in efforts to develop nuclear weapons.
Also today, the Deputy Chief of the Islamic Republic’s General Staff, Massoud Jazayeri, threatened with “destroying” Israel if Tel Aviv strikes at Iranian nuclear facilities.
Iran will never renounce its legitimate right to nuclear programme – official
Iran will never renounce its lawful right to pursue a nuclear programme, Iran’s representative at the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh, said in his commentary on the Agency’s report which claims that Tehran is developing nuclear weapons.
The Iranian official also pointed out that Iran is a responsible nation and will observe the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty provisions.
The IAEA circulated the report on Tuesday night.
The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed disappointment at the document, saying it could start generating tension around Iran.
The report's authors claim that Iranian researchers have created computer models that are normally used to develop an A-bomb fuse.
Moscow disappointed by IAEA report on Iran
Moscow is disappointed with the IAEA latest report on Iran’s nuclear problem on the basis that it may generate tensions over the Islamic Republic.
Even before it was officially circulated among the IAEA member-states in Vienna, the document had prompted wild guessing, rumours, and political tittle-tattle, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Moscow considers it crucial to carefully analyze the report in order to ascertain if there really is fresh trustworthy evidence that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.
According to the IAEA report, Iranian researchers have used the computer models that can only be used in developing a nuclear bomb trigger.
A copy of the report is due to be handed to the UN Security Council later this Wednesday.
(AFP, IF, Vesti)
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