He made the remarks in a Sunday meeting with the new Japanese Ambassador to Tehran Koji Haneda who submitted his credentials to the top Iranian diplomat.
The Iranian foreign minister highlighted the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear energy program and said, “The Islamic Republic will use nuclear technology for the development and progress of the country.”
“In this regard, strengthening the NPT treaty is necessary for safeguarding international peace and serving the interests of signatory states for which Iran strives”, he added.
Reaffirming Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear activities, Salehi said Iran’s progress in different fields shows the failure of Western-imposed sanctions against the country over its nuclear energy program.
The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the NPT and a member of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Tehran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted toward military objectives.