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Iran will never move towards getting access to nuclear weapons: Khatami

Iraniain President Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday said, "Whether under supervision or not, Iran will never move towards getting access to nuclear weapons", IRNA reported from Tehran.

Addressing an annual ceremony to mark the beginning of Iran's Sacred Defense Week (the anniversary of the start of the Iraqi imposed war against Iran, 1980-1988), held at the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the late Imam Khomeini, the president said Tehran believes that nuclear weapons are a threat to the entire globe and the humanity.

"We decisively announce that getting access to developed technology and moving in line with progress and development are our legitimate rights," he added.

"However, we are ready to cooperate. We have selected our way and now this is others' turn to choose and recognize our legitimate rights," the president said, urging "others" to pave the way for cooperation.

By accepting the all-out international supervision, "we announce that we are not moving towards having nuclear weapons, he said, adding "but we continue legal ways to get access to peaceful nuclear technology."

"Anyhow, we continue our way although it may lead to cessation of international supervision and cooperation," Khatami reiterated.

He further referred to the Islamic Republic as the vanguard of combatting against weapons of mass destruction as well as chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

Criticizing the nuclear activities of the Zionist regime which is aimed at promotion of weapons of mass destruction, he stressed that Israel has turned its territory to an arsenal of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

The existence of the Zionist regime is a threat to the entire globe, he said, adding that Israel has turned to a center for production of nuclear and destructive weapons.

Khatami once again emphasized that Tehran, in its way to getting access to peaceful nuclear technology, is ready for any kind of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Iran's nuclear activities will continue under the supervision of international bodies, he added.

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