More than 2,000 Iranian university students and teachers on Saturday formed a human chain in front of Iran's first nuclear power plant, Bushehr plant, to show their strong support to the government's nuclear policy, the official IRNA news agency reported.
The demonstrators, chanting slogans condemning stances of the United States and Britain on the Iranian nuclear issue, voiced their determination to defeat any attempt to "hamper Iran's civilian nuclear program," the report said.
"The access to nuclear energy is an inalienable right of every nation," one of the demonstrators was quoted as saying.
"Iranian officials have time and again announced that national nuclear program is civilian and in line with the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the safeguards agreement of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," he said.
The demonstrators also condemned "any measure to hamper access of Iranian academic community to nuclear technology," saying Iranians will seriously follow up the national program and will " not spare any effort" to attain the goal.
Iran is currently under mounting pressure of the IAEA and the European Union to suspend its activities related to uranium enrichment, a key step toward construction of nuclear fuel cycle.
The United States accuses Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the disguise of civilian program, a charge denied by Tehran.
Bushehr plant is being built in the southern coastal province of Bushehr with Russia's help.