Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoun Abbasi reiterated Iran’s rigid stance on utilizing nuclear technology for civilian purposes.
Abbasi made the remark on the sidelines of the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century in Moscow on Thursday.
“The grounds should be well-prepared for all world countries, including Iran, to safely use the nuclear technology,” Abbasi said.
He noted that the world’s big powers want to monopolize nuclear technology for themselves and that is why they want to prevent Iran’s progress in this field.
Abbasi, heading a high-ranking delegation, embarked on a six-day visit to Russia on Monday to attend the ‘International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century’ to be held on June 27-29.
The Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century is organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in cooperation with the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The conference, which is held every four years, will discuss a wide range of issues, including nuclear power’s contribution to sustainable development, nuclear safety and reliability and also the prospects of nuclear power for the future.
Abbasi is also scheduled to meet with senior Russian officials on the sidelines of the event.
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 the 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.
Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.