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West should accept Iran's nuclear enrichment right: president

English.news.cn   2013-09-22 15:21:29            

TEHRAN, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday urged the West to accept Iran's nuclear enrichment right.

"Enrichment inside Iran and within the international rules and conventions should be endorsed" by Western powers, Rouhani told a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.

By making the remarks, the president is reasserting Iran's longtime position that nuclear enrichment is the "inalienable right" of the country.

His words came ahead of his planned address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday in New York on a number of issues, including the sensitive nuclear program.

The president also said Iran has no intention to develop the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and is pursuing social and economic developments insted.

The Islamic republic is not a threat to any country, he added.

Rouhani had said that under his administration the Islamic republic will "interact constructively" with the world and will be "more transparent" over its nuclear activities.

Editor: Lu Hui
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