TEHRAN, Iran: The Islamic Republic of Iran will never give up its right to peaceful use of nuclear energy, the country’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.
Talking to media ahead of his departure for New York City to attend the 69th annual session of the UN General Assembly, the Iranian president vowed to continue the nuclear path for the country’s development.
“In the fields of development and access to peaceful nuclear technology, we have inalienable rights which are pivotal to the country’s development goals. We will not abandon them and will continue the [nuclear] path,” Rouhani told reporters.
Rouhani said that Iran has never sought to develop weapons of mass destruction and nuclear arms.
“In the negotiations, the P5+1 asks us to show more transparency within the framework of international regulations and build mutual confidence and respect which are acceptable, but if the P5+1 calls on us to give up our absolute rights, it is not possible…,” the Iranian president pointed out.
The Iranian president also warned that the nuclear talks with five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will definitely lead to a lose-lose game if the six countries do not respect Iran’s rights, saying such a result would be detrimental to all sides.