Iran Nuclear NewsIran will keep nuclear technology "at any cost": former...

Iran will keep nuclear technology “at any cost”: former president

-

AFP: Iran will hang on to its sensitive nuclear technology “at
any cost” despite pressure from the United States and the Europeans, powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Thursday.
“The United States and Europe absolutely do not want us to possess nuclear technology but we are determined … ” AFP

TEHRAN – Iran will hang on to its sensitive nuclear technology “at any cost” despite pressure from the United States and the Europeans, powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Thursday.

“The United States and Europe absolutely do not want us to possess nuclear technology but we are determined to keep this technology at any cost,” he was quoted as saying by the official news agency IRNA.

He added that “giving up this legitimate right would bring an historical shame that our leadership would never be able to erase”.

“A people that is ready for sacrifice cannot fail. We are fighters ready to fight,” said Rafsanjani, who now heads Iran’s top political arbitration body, the Expediency Council.

On September 18, the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) called on Iran to “immediately” widen a suspension of enrichment to include all uranium enrichment-related activities — such as making centrifuges, converting yellowcake into UF6 feed gas, and constructing a heavy water reactor.

Iran, facing a November 25 deadline, risks being referred to the UN Security Council if it fails to comply.

In addition, the three main European powers — Britian, France and Germany — would like Iran to give up its work on the nuclear fuel cycle, a process that can be used to make fuel for atomic energy or nuclear weapons.

Fuel cycle work is permitted under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of which Iran is a signatory, if for peaceful purposes. Iran insists it only wants to generate nuclear power to meet growing domestic energy demands and free up its huge oil and gas resources for export.

Latest news

Iran: People of Khoy Still Reeling From 5.9-Magnitude Earthquake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck northwest Iran on Saturday, killing at least three people and injuring...

Iran’s Unsolvable Air Pollution Problem

Air pollution will remain at dangerous levels and will increase for the next few days in most big cities,...

The World Must Acknowledge the Iranian People’s Right to Self-defense

Victor Hugo once said: “When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.” Throughout history, this has been the...

Iran: 60% Of Population Is Poor

The livelihood baskets of the Iranian people are shrinking dramatically. This, in turn, has introduced new concerns to protect...

The implications of EU’s terrorist designation of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)

The European Parliament called on January 18 for the European Union to list Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a...

Iran’s Regime Is Hiding Human Rights Violations In Its Prisons

With more than four months into Iran’s latest round of nationwide uprisings, the brutality of the Iranian regime’s security...

Must read

Iran says 17 British officers tied to oil-city bombings

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 29 – Seventeen British...

Iran security forces clash with protesters in Isfahan

Reuters: Iranian security forces clashed with supporters of the...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you