Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami blasted US President Barack Obama’s unrealistic remarks on Iran, reiterating that Tehran has developed a peaceful nuclear technology and has never been after the production of atomic weapons.
Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Khatami said, “How the US officials are pleased with this lie while Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has reiterated that we are not after making atomic bomb and he has eve issues a religious verdict (fatwa) in this regard.”
He pointed to the recent remarks of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei who underlined the necessity for keeping vigilant against the enemies’ display of superficial and unreal moderation, stressing that their true hostile nature was shown in the recent talks between Tehran and the world powers.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the nuclear talks proved the US hostility towards Iran and Islam, and added, “The enemy’s smile shouldn’t be taken seriously.”
Addressing thousands of people from the Central province of Qom, Ayatollah Khamenei said victory will be surely achieved through resistance.
“The enemies thought in vain that they could compel Iran to hold talks under sanctions,” he said, and added that Iran has not come to the negotiating table due to the pressure of the sanctions as Iranians are a resistant nation.
The leader said the enemies think that they have come to know the Iranian nation, but they are wrong.
The leader said Iran is negotiating with the West only because it has discerned it to be necessary, and stressed that Tehran has accepted to negotiate with the US only on the nuclear issue and not on bilateral ties, reminding that Tehran and Washington are still enemies at the end of the day.
“… we have already expressed our readiness to negotiate with the Satan (the US) on specific issues if necessary.”
On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham slammed Obama’s remarks, and said President Obama’s statement stems from his wrong perception of Iran’s commitment to its merely peaceful indigenous nuclear program.
The spokeswoman said the US considers its most important achievement preventing Iran to access nuclear weapon, while that’s a totally wrong claim, because Iran has never intended to have nuclear weapon.
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. Several years ago Ayatollah Khamenei issued a Fatwa (religious decree) to ban the possession, production and use of the nuclear weapons.
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 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.
The Islamic Republic says that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.
Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran’s nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.