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Supreme Leader dismisses US, European controversy over Iran's nuclear program

Tehran, June 21, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Seyed Ali Khamenei on Monday castigated the United States and the Europeans for having stirred up a controversy over Iranian nuclear program.

In a meeting with University Jihad officials, the Supreme Leader said that nuclear technology is something and nuclear arms are something else.

"The Iranian nation, based on the logic of Islam, has never pursued access to nuclear arms. At the same time, it reserves its right to develop nuclear technology as a national goal," the Supreme Leader said.

"The big powers see their illegitimate profits in their economic, cultural, scientific dominance over other nations and pursue the strategy of preventing other countries from attaining scientific independence.

"The reason for the US propaganda against Iranian nuclear program is that the enemies of the Iranian nation and the government are worried about the fact that the nuclear technology has become indigenous in Iran. Iranian scientists are working to produce fuel for Bushehr power plant," the Supreme Leader said.

"The United States accuses Iran of deceiving international community, whereas, it is well-known as symbol of hypocrisy. It is well-known for crimes and systematic scandals worldwide. The latest is the examples of mass killing in Iraq and Abu Ghraib prison. What the US has done in Iraq is a shame for the entire international community." The Supreme Leader said.

The Supreme Leader said that the US stirred up controversy over Iran's scientific progress to avenge the end to its hegemony over Iran after the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

"Iran does not need nuclear arms. Without nuclear arms, Iran has managed to defeat enemies of the nation, including the US, in the past 25 years by relying upon national solidarity. It does not like to acquire nuclear arms either," the Supreme Leader said.

"The former Soviet Union had stockpiles of nuclear arms, it collapsed. The Zionist regime has several hundred warheads, but, it has been driven to desperation by the stone throwing Palestinian campaigners. Nuclear arms cannot work," the Supreme Leader said.

Iran is signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and Iranian nuclear program to produce fuel for Bushehr power plant is in line with the international convention, the Supreme Leader declared.

The Supreme Leader said that producing fuel for Bushehr power plant is what Iran needs to utilize Bushehr power plant, otherwise, Bushehr power plant would be left useless if the other countries refused delivery of fuel for whatever political or international reason.

"If the Europeans are concerned about Iran's access to nuclear arms. For the reasons above-mentioned, Iran will never go after nuclear arms. But, if they want to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear technology, Iran will not accept such an extortion," the Supreme Leader said.

Dismissing the propaganda that Iran does not need nuclear energy for its oil reserves, the Supreme Leader said that oil will finish and it also has environmental problems, so Iran prefers to save oil for future and cannot overlook nuclear energy for economic development.

"Enemies of the nation are looking for a day when Iranian oil reserves will be depleted and the nation will stretch its hands to them for help. It is unacceptable."

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