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Rafsanjani says Iran expected to join club of nuclear states soon

Tehran, Dec 3, IRNA -- Tehran's substitute Friday Prayers Leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran today that Iran is expected to join the club of world states owning nuclear industries soon.

Making the remark before thousands of worshipers who had gathered at Tehran University campus for the Friday Prayers ritual, Rafsanjani made it clear that Tehran is in no way going to forsake its legal and international right to gain access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Outlining the developments in Iran's nuclear case in the past two years, he said Iran was not unhappy with the performance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as well as the west on Iranian nuclear dossier but stressed that "they have been doing wrong towards us because the Islamic Republic of Iran has been acting lawfully in gaining access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes."

The substitute prayers leader further said that Iran has agreed to suspend its uranium enrichment activities for a certain period of time- not to exceed six months- to ensure the IAEA on the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities.

Rafsanjani, who is also the chief of Iran's Expediency Council, went on to underline the fact that once the period is over Tehran is going to frankly pursue its uranium enrichment programs and also its efforts to achieve nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

However, he noted, "I absolutely offer the world the assurance that Tehran is not after nuclear arms but will not forsake its absolute right."

According to the stated regulations, he added, the IAEA has to assist the countries not currently owning nuclear technology to gain access to it.

The law, he remarked, encouraged Iran to become a member of IAEA in order to enjoy its services and assistance.

In spite of this, the IAEA has always tried to create obstacles for Iran and has now come to make remarks on what Tehran has accomplished all by itself, Rafsanjani added.

Pointing out that in the past two years Iran has step by step opened the doors to IAEA inspectors to assure them of the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities, Rafsanjani said the IAEA has only recently admitted that Iran's nuclear activities have not been diverted towards military objectives.

Describing this as a "success" for the country, Rafsanjani referred to the threats to refer Iran's case to the UN Security Council and imposing sanctions against Tehran as examples of the threats Iran has been facing in the past two harsh years.

He noted that Iran's nuclear case is presently at a stage that it is admitted now that Iran could have its nuclear fuel cycle with Iran accepting to suspend its nuclear activities in a gesture to deflate the threats.

He said Iranian negotiators have been acting according the Islamic system's decision and nobody could be blamed in this connection.

Rafsanjani also asserted that Iran was not by any means after nuclear arms but was never to forsake its legal rights.

He further commented on situation in Iraq and said the best solution for Iraqi crisis is the holding of election, formation of a national and Islamic Assembly so that the Constitution is compiled and aliens play no role in Iraq.

The Friday prayers leader recommended the Iraqi nation to keep its vigilance and safeguard its unity in a bid to regain the management of the country from the hands of occupying forces.

On Palestine, he expressed his hope that Palestinian leaders are vigilant enough not to let their internal differences turn into a civil war.

He further turned to outstanding potential of Iran's navy forces and said no other forces could ever rival the might of Iranian navy in the region.

Rafsanjani pointed out that even in days of imposed war against Iran by Iraqi invaders, the Iranian navy managed to provide and maintain security in the Persian Gulf the coast of which entails world's richest oil and gas sources including the South Pars region which contains 10 percent of world's gas resources.

Referring to the very remarkable achievements of Iran's marine industries, he said Iranian experts are now capable of building and installing multi thousand-tons grand platforms and remarked that Iranian oil companies now have the ability to enter competitions with world biggest ones.

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