Speaker: West Using N. Issue as Excuse for Illegal Actions against Iran
Fars NA -(Mon Apr 8, 2013) Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the West has taken illegal moves against Iran under the pretext of the country’s nuclear program, and added that pressures on Tehran aim to hinder Iran’s progress.
“Unfortunately, the western countries are utilizing the nuclear issue as a means to justify their illegal moves,” Larijani said on Monday.
He added that the western states have acknowledged in their private sessions that they are not at loggerheads with Iran over its nuclear program, but because Iran has changed international equations in recent years.
Larijani said the US-led West has imposed sanctions and restrictions on Iran’s economy in a bid to make Iran inefficient, and called on Iranian officials to push the country towards economic power, saying that economic prosperity will change political and international equations.
Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and western embargos for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.
Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.
The Islamic Republic says that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.
Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran’s nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.
Press TV -(Mon Apr 8, 2013) West using Iran nuclear issue as pretext for illegal acts: Larijani
Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani says Western countries have used the Iranian nuclear issue as a pretext for their illegal acts.
Westerners have applied different theories such as military and political measures against the Iranian nation in recent years, Larijani said Monday.
He added that the West uses the capacity of sanctions to hurt the Iranian nation, expressing confidence that Iran’s political issue with the West cannot be resolved through “bargaining”.
“The country must move towards economic might,” Larijani emphasized.
The Speaker added that the country’s economic development would alter the outcome of political and international equations.
The US, Israel and some of their allies claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using such false claim as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions against Iran.
Tehran rejects the allegation over its nuclear energy activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.