Powers killed nuclear scientists to halt Iran progress: Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has slammed the hegemonic powers for assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists, reiterating that Tehran’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful.

“The hegemonic powers assassinated our scientists in a bid to halt Iran’s process of development and progress,” said Rouhani at a Sunday ceremony in Tehran.

The Iranian chief executive added that industrial nations try to maintain their domination through their control and monopoly of key technologies.

Rouhani also pointed to the West’s allegations against Iran’s nuclear energy program and the inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of Tehran’s nuclear activities.

“All of them (Western powers) knew that the nuclear science in this country is on the peaceful path and they had no doubt about it. The Agency conducted thousands of hours of inspections in the country and announced that there has been no indication of diversion in [Iran’s nuclear] activities from the peaceful path toward military [purposes].”

Stressing that Iran’s missile industry is solely for defense purposes, Rouhani further added that industrial nations have violated the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by refusing to provide peaceful nuclear know-how to other signatories.

Iran and the UN nuclear body signed an agreement in November 2013 to outline a roadmap for bilateral cooperation on certain outstanding issues. Under the deal, Iran agreed, on a voluntary basis, to allow IAEA inspectors to visit Arak heavy water plant and Gachin uranium mine.

The UN nuclear agency’s inspectors visited Arak heavy water production plant on December 8, 2013, as the first step to be implemented under the Iran-IAEA agreement.

(Source / 02.03.2014)

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