Iran's speaker urges Islamic states to possess nuclear energy technology

10:59, February 02, 2010      

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Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Monday that the Islamic states should possess technology to produce nuclear energy, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"It is legitimate rights of every Islamic state to possess the technological know-how to set up fuel cycle for nuclear power plants," Larijani told reporters at Tehran's Mehrabad airport.

Larijani was back from Kampala, Uganda, where he attended the Inter-Parliamentary Union to voice Iran's stand on securing " legitimate rights of Muslims" worldwide to produce nuclear energy in line with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the report said.

Iran, as an influential Islamic country, is persistent on its nuclear program despite the West's suspicion that Tehran is covertly building nuclear weapons.

Iran has said that its nuclear program is peaceful and intended to generate electricity for civilian use.

In fresh comments by Iranian officials, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, an influential Iranian cleric, said Sunday that the West must know Iran's nuclear program is "irreversible," according to IRNA.

Source: Xinhua
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