TEHRAN, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Iranian president said Wednesday that Tehran will not retreat one iota from its right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, Press TV reported.
"Iran has never sought nuclear weapons and will not do so as this is the fatwa (religious decree) of the leader and also our country's commitment," Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying, referring to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Iran is not seeking Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) either, since Tehran has joined all international conventions banning the use of such arms, he said, adding that, however, Tehran will not back down from developing peaceful nuclear technologies.
"We, as a country which persistently insists on defending its rights, will not budge an inch on our rights as we won't allow an inch of our territory to be encroached upon," he said.
"We have never launched aggression against any country and have no intention of doing so, whatsoever," Rouhani added.
Earlier, Iran's nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi emphasized his country would not dismantle the nuclear infrastructure which has been developed for civilian use.
In November, Iran and the P5+1 group -- the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China plus Germany -- reached an interim agreement whereby Iran would freeze part of its nuclear program in exchange for limited easing of sanctions which had hurt its economy.