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Rafsanjani: Europe should support Iran's peaceful nuclear program

Tehran, Aug 1, IRNA -- The proper choice for Europe is to support Iran use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes but it seems that cooperation between Tehran and Europe has become sluggish under US pressure, said Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Tehran on Sunday.

Rafsanjani told German Ambassador to Tehran Baron Paul Von Maltzahn that big powers should know that Iran would not under any circumstances be ready to compromise on its right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

He said the Islamic Republic of Iran has never sought and will never seek the development of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

On Germany's refusal to complete Bushehr Atomic Power Plan, Rafsanjani said that would motivate young Iranian experts to come forward and undertake the job by relying on their faith and expertise.

He said that if Europe and the US attempt to stem Iran's technical and industrial progress, they would realize their mistakes in the coming years.

He went on to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for transparent cooperation with the international community for peaceful use of nuclear energy.

He said the Islamic Republic of Iran faces no restriction in further expansion of ties with Germany.

The EC chief said efforts should be made to remove obstacles and promote strong points to expedite the process of cooperation.

Rafsanjani said Iran and Germany have high capacity for expansion of mutual technical and economic cooperation.

He said Tehran and Berlin have not yet been able to benefit from all their facilities for expanding cooperation.

For his part, Maltzahn said Iran is a strategically important country and is influential in the region.

He said Germany, France and Britain are determined to help Iran in its peaceful use of nuclear energy.

He added that contrary to the US, Europe considers peaceful use of nuclear energy as Iran's undisputable right.

He called for further expansion of Tehran-Berlin ties.

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