Iran not after nuclear bomb

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Senior Iranian official says Iran is not after a nuclear bomb and nuclear weapons have no place in Islamic Republic's defense strategy.

"With respect to the scientific and research importance of peaceful nuclear technology, further investment in the nuclear energy field is required," said member of Iran's Expediency Council, Mohammad-Javad Larijani.

Larijani said, "Nuclear energy has a vital role in the overall development of the country, but no investment had previously been made in the field of nuclear energy in Iran."

"By dividing countries into first-degree and second-degree nations, the arrogant powers are trying to deprive Iran and other freedom-seeking nations of access to peaceful nuclear energy. They must come to realize that the Iranian people are first-degree citizens," he added.

Larijani asserted that Islamic Iran is moving ahead along the nuclear path wisely, insisting such resolutions won't have an adverse effect on Iran's economy.

"We back our president in all projects, including the nuclear program," the senior official said.