Ali Larijani defends Iran’s nuclear policy
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2010, 18:56
  
Tokyo: Iran was within its international obligations when it enriched some of its uranium stockpile earlier this month and should not be subjected to UN sanctions over its nuclear programme, its parliament speaker said on Thursday.

Ali Larijani, speaking in Tokyo, said Iran has been unfairly singled out for pressure and threats by the United States over its development of nuclear technology, which he said was peaceful and intended solely to provide a source of energy.

"I say clearly, we will develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes, but not seek nuclear weapons," said Larijani, who is also a top aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"We have enriched our uranium within international regulations. I don't see why it is such an issue."

Tehran produced its first batch of uranium enriched to a higher level earlier this month, prompting the US and its allies to seek new UN Security Council sanctions.

The West accuses Iran of seeking to build atomic weapons, and fears the enrichment of its uranium stockpile is a step in that direction.

Iran is already subject to three sets of Security Council sanctions meant to punish its refusal to stop uranium enrichment.

Its recent rejection of a plan to strip it of most of its enriched stockpile plus its belated acknowledgment it had been secretly building a new enrichment facility has increased sentiment for a fourth set.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010, 18:56


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