Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Iran entitled to access to nuclear technology: Rafsanjani

Description of Selected News: "Iran entitled to access to nuclear technology: Rafsanjani

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- In response to the remarks of U.S. President George W. Bush, who claimed that Iran does not need nuclear energy given its plentiful reserves of oil, Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Tuesday that Iran is certainly entitled to have access to nuclear technology.

Speaking during a visit to the Mamlu Dam Project currently under construction in the Parchin area of Tehran Province near Pakdasht, he noted that even the United States had plenty of oil when it launched its nuclear power activities.

"Meanwhile, nowadays many countries make use of nuclear energy," he added.

He dismissed the remarks made by U.S. officials during the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting in which they claimed that Iran was conducting nuclear activities in the Parchin area, calling the statements nonsense. He also rejected the U.S. claim that rocket tests had been conducted in the area during the Iraqi-imposed war, saying, "Such tests could not have been conducted in the vicinity of the residential areas of Pakdasht, Varamin, and Tehran. These claims are baseless and sound odd to experts."

Rafsanjani lamented the slow progress of the dam project and said that he expected it to be completed in four to five years."


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