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article imageRouhani: Nuclear program will not be suspended

By Saunon Malek     Jun 17, 2013 in World
Tehran - Iran's recently elected President Hassan Rouhani, stated in a press conference that the country would not suspend nor abandon its nuclear program, however would strive to rebuild ties with the West.
"The era of suspension is gone and now we are in such special conditions that I do believe we have abundant ways to build (each other's) confidence," he stated in the press conference.
He stated there were "other ways" to build relations, such as back in 2005 when he was playing the role of top negotiator and secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, where he and former French President Jacque Chirac came to an agreement on Iran's enrichment processes.
Iran has stressed that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes, such as electricity generation, to be able to export a greater amount of its oil and natural gas supply.
In the meantime, the United States and its Western allies have accused Iran of pursuing nuclear weaponry, an allegation that Tehran has constantly denied in the past decade. As a member of the IAEA as well as a signatory to the NPT, Iran has the absolute right to enrich uranium; a fact that has intimidated many Western nations.
Other than fabricated reports, there has been no evidence proving that Iran's nuclear program has been pursuing a military doctrine. Simply, suspicions from foreign countries such as Israel, who has deemed to go as far as carrying out a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.
Many politicians and governmental officials have opposed the use of a preemptive strike, arguing it would only delay the nuclear program rather than halt it, and in addition, would potentially ignite a regional war, that would be degrading to hundreds of nations around the world, including the United States.
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