Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Hossein Khalfi said the world powers started intensifying their pressures on Iran after they came to realize that the country’s nuclear activities are run by indigenized, and not imported, technology.
“The enemy didn’t pay attention to Iran’s nuclear know-how at first and thought that the know-how is merely a series of copying from the foreign states,” Khalfi said, addressing a gathering in the Northwestern city of Zanjan on Saturday.
Noting that the world powers were alerted of Iran’s power and capabilities in developing its peaceful nuclear program during the nuclear talks, he said, “This fact made the enemy insist on preventing Iran’s use of the nuclear know-how.”
Elsewhere, Khalfi referred to Iran’s nuclear capabilities, and said, “At present, 40% of the Tehran research reactor’s fuel is supplied from the home-made enriched uranium.”
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 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 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.