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Iran President: No place for nuclear weapons in Iran's defensive policies

President Seyed Mohammad Khatami said in an interview published on Wednesday that there is absolutely no place for nuclear weapons in Iran's defensive policies, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Speaking to Saudi Arabia's Al Watan daily, President Khatami added, "I am telling you explicitly that not only we are not after acquiring nuclear power for military purposes, but also the Islamic Republic of Iran favors clearing the world, and the Middle East from the nuclear weapons."

He said, "Currently the Zionist regime, India and Pakistan, all in our region, have the nuclear weapons, but surprisingly, it is Iran that is faced with much ado about nothing in that respect."

The president added, "They know that we neither have, nor are after acquiring nuclear weapons, and therefore what is heard about the matter today is totally baseless."

He said, "At the international level, we seek for the other nations' assistance to get access to the nuclear power in order to facilitate it in development of our agricultural activities, improving our medical services, producing electricity, and lots of other peaceful purposes. Therefore the hue and cry about it is not based on realities, but fully of a political nature." President Khatami said,

"For all those reasons, and in order to eliminate the current concerns, we will cooperate with the International Atomic Energy (IAEA), but we will never surrender to the illogical hue and cry of the United States, and I hope we would achieve success in this case."

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