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West 'aware of peaceful nature' of Iran's nuclear program: presidential candidate


08:30, May 27, 2013

TEHRAN, May 26 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian presidential candidate said Sunday that "the West is aware of peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities."

However, the Westerners do not intend to publicize it for some "deliberate" reasons, the Iranian lawmaker, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, told reporters without elaboration.

"In our eyes, there is no ambiguity in (Iran's) nuclear program, " Haddad-Adel said, implying West's persistent call on Iran for further cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog to clarify some " ambiguous" aspects of the Islamic republic's nuclear program.

The member of Iran's Principlist Coalition of 2+1 said that his government's slogan is "Piety and Prudence" with the emphasis on cultural issues.

However, the importance of cultural issues in his government does not mean to undermine the priority of economy, he said.

As with other presidential hopefuls, he emphasized that one of the main tasks of the next government is to tackle inflation and the economic condition of low-income strata of society.

Earlier this month, Haddad-Adel criticized disqualified moderate presidential candidate and former President Akbar Hashemi- Rafsanjani for signing up in Iran's upcoming presidential election.

Haddad-Adel blamed Hashemi-Rafsanjani for showing poor judgement about unrest that followed Iran's 2009 presidential vote, according to Press TV.

After Iran's 2009 presidential election, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's defeated rivals claimed that the votes had been rigged in favor of Ahmadinejad, the allegations dismissed by Iran' s Guardian Council of Constitution.

Last week, the Guardian Council announced the names of eight eligible candidates for the upcoming presidential election slated for June 14.

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