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Rouhani: Enriching uranium is our 'clear right and red line'

February 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that his government has taken “good” steps in external policy, noting that uranium enrichment is a “clear right and red line”.

In a televised speech, Rouhani stated: “We broke the sanctions system. We will never stop enriching uranium.”

Last weekend, Iran and the major world powers reached an interim deal that places Iran’s nuclear programme under stricter international monitoring in exchange for lifting some of the sanctions against Iran. The aim is to reach a permanent agreement in six months.

Rouhani assured the Iranian people that the international negotiations are taking into consideration Iran’s principles and rights regarding its nuclear programme, as well as the framework that was drawn up by the supreme leader of the revolution.

“We will practically and forcefully implement the nuclear rights of our country,” he asserted, adding that: “This will be in a more crystallised manner.”

Referring to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Rouhani said: “Any country is free to develop its nuclear activities. Uranium enrichment is part of the treaty. Everything is permitted as long as it is not banned by international laws or treaties.”