The chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council says Tehran will continue its nuclear enrichment program if the West does not provide the Islamic Republic with nuclear fuel.
Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani said that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is responsible for providing the necessary enriched uranium for the Tehran Research Reactor.
“If the US and the West go on with the same policy toward Iran, Tehran will continue its peaceful enrichment program within the legal frameworks,” Mehr news agency quoted Rafsanjani as saying.
“The West and the US are well aware that the Islamic Republic of Iran has no interest in developing nuclear weapons and records of Iran’s behavior prove that,” Rafsanaji said in a meeting with the Swedish Ambassador to Iran Magnus Werndstedt on Wednesday.
“Any fair-minded country, including Iran which is aware of the mass killing and destruction caused by the US nuclear attacks on Nagasaki and Hiroshima will hate nuclear weapons,” he stated.
“Before the Islamic Revolution, the West and the US volunteered to build nuclear plants in Iran and this was because of the Shah regime’s obedience to them,” he noted.
“The US and the West try to control Iran because of its huge energy resources and geographical location, but the Iranian nation who has an old civilization and religious beliefs will not accept dependence and being subordinated again,” Rafsanjani said.
He added that the fact that the West and the US are silent about Israel’s nuclear weapons shows that they only pretend to be supporters of peace and security.