Iran will not yield to new negotiated nuclear orders: Speaker
Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani said the Islamic Republic of Iran will not accept new limitations to be imposed on its peaceful nuclear program during the on-going negotiations.
Addressing the closing ceremony of the 32nd International Holy Qoran Recitation Competition in Tehran on Friday, he also refuted allegations that Iran is after establishing an empire calling it in contrary to the Islamic thought.
‘In what language shall we say that in the nuclear program we are only after peaceful technologies. Leader of Revolution has repeatedly reiterated the issue, but it seems they don’t listen,’ he added.
Saying that the goverment of President Hassan Rouhani seriously considered nuclear negotiations so that there were principle agreements, Larijani said, ‘However, the G5+1 countries are after new tricks and are demanding too much.’
The speaker stressed that the Iranian nation will resist imposing of new orders through negotiations and asked, ‘Why there should be new fabrications out of current international orders?’
On claims about establishment of an Iranian empire, the Speaker said, ‘If any country has such assumptions, it is a mistake. We opted for revolution to get rid of oppression.’
‘The Islamic Republic is not after an empire. It is against the Islamic thought,’ Larijani noted.
Referring to the developments in the Islamic World, the Iranian Majlis speaker called for unity and prudence among Muslim nations and said, ‘Some colonialists grab the resources of Islamic countries and give them out-dated arms to take on Muslims.’
He further rejected justifications for killing of fellow Muslim brothers over so-called ‘security concerns’ and said, ‘If anybody has a concern, it does not give rise to a right to destroy another country.’
Reminding that the post-revolution Iran has not invaded any country in the last 36 years, he added, ‘Iran’s power is for defending the Islamic ummah.’
‘Wasn’t it Iran defending the defenseless peoples of Palestine and Lebanon? Wasn’t it Iran assisting people and government of Iraq when they asked for it after savage terrorists were killing the Iraqi nation?’
He said Iran was invaded during the eight years of Sacred Defense (Saddam-imposed war) in 1980-88 but showed forgiveness based on the teachings of Imam Khomeini who raised Islamic unity within the principles of Islamic Revolution.
Larijani also condemned Wahabism as a mistaken extremist thinking which kills Muslims by forging armed conflicts among the Islamic ummah.