Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Parliament regards peaceful nuclear use as Iran's right: Speaker

Parliament regards peaceful nuclear use as Iran's right: Speaker: "Parliament regards peaceful nuclear use as Iran's right: Speaker
Tehran, Aug 10, IRNA -- Iran's Parliament Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said on Tuesday that Majlis believes peaceful use of nuclear energy is the right of Iranian nation, saying Majlis defends national interest.
Talking to parliamentary reporters, Haddad Adel stressed that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been founded to give the countries the opportunity to use nuclear energy for peaceful aims.

"What is said about Iran due to the pressure of certain powers is aimed at preventing the country's peaceful nuclear energy.

"The measures adopted by Majlis deputies and discussions of its National Security Commission are all to restore the rights of Iranian nation," he said.

He stressed that Majlis and the government adopted "similar" stances to this effect.

Asked about the threats of US officials against Iran, the speaker stated, "The US president and several statesmen are looking for pretexts to oppose Iran. The US opposition to the Islamic Revolution is not a new stand on their part.

"They find the issue of weapons and nuclear energy as a new pretext."

Haddad Adel added, "They are quite aware of (the fact that) Iran fulfilled the IAEA regulations and there is no justification for such opposition."

Pointing to claims made by certain Western and Arab press about the possibility of any attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, he said, "Iran will surely respond to such threats. We are not expected to ignore the rights of the nation towards such threats."

He urged all nations and governments to resist and oppose the pressures and assignments imposed by a certain state on international circles."

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