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Iran will press on in nuclear path until very end: Cleric
Tehran's interim Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi (file photo)
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They know and have repeatedly announced that Iran's nuclear activities are not in the military realm.”

Tehran's interim Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi

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A senior Iranian cleric says Western sanctions and resolutions cannot halt Iran's leap toward the full mastery and acquisition of nuclear energy technology.

“The Iranian nation will not [be forced into] retreat with these sanctions and resolutions and will continue on this path until the end,” Tehran's interim Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi said.

The remarks came in the wake of International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) latest resolution on the Iranian nuclear energy program.

The non-binding resolution, which was passed without consensus by the IAEA Board of Governors last Friday, expressed “serious concern” over the Iranian nuclear energy program and stated that diplomacy is the only way to resolve the West’s dispute with Iran over the program.

Cuba voted against the resolution, while Egypt, Ecuador, and Tunisia abstained.

Hojjatoleslam Seddiqi said the Islamic Republic has “at all times” opened its nuclear facilities to the IAEA inspectors and the activities there are under the agency’s constant watch.

“They know and have repeatedly announced that Iran's nuclear activities are not in the military realm.”

The senior Iranian cleric added that Iran's nuclear policies are guided by the maxim “Nuclear energy for all and nuclear bombs for none.”

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. The accusations have been used as pretext for the imposition of a series of international and unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a devoted member of IAEA, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Hojjatoleslam Seddiqi further referred to the Western anti-Islam moves and called upon the international bodies and societies to “rise against the insults to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).”

“They (West and arrogant powers) fear the spread of Islam and the Islamic Awakening, which the Qur’an and Islam have created and has cut off the hand of the East and the West.”

The senior Iranian cleric called on the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation to convene an extraordinary session to respond to the insults and said the so-called advocates of human rights and freedom who have committed this “atrocity” must be held accountable.

Outrage is growing across the Muslim world over a US-made movie, Innocence of Muslims, which insults Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

The anti-Islam movie triggered days of huge demonstrations across Iran, Turkey, Sudan, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Morocco, Syria, Kuwait, Nigeria, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Australia, Britain, the United States, France, Belgium, Australia and some other countries.

Anti-Western sentiment has been further stoked across the Muslim world after a French magazine published cartoons of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on Wednesday.

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