Iran urges world leaders to accept and respect its right to enrich uraniumListen /
Iran's nuclear programme pursues "exclusively peaceful purposes", its president Hassan Rouhani told his counterparts during the General Assembly debate late Tuesday afternoon.
Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in his country's security and defence doctrine, and contradict with their fundamental and religious convictions, President Rouhani insisted.
He said Iran was prepared to "engage immediately in time-bound talks" with "full transparency", but he also warned that Iran would continue its production of enriched uranium.
"Nuclear knowledge in Iran has been domesticated now and the nuclear technology, inclusive of enrichment, has already reached an industrial scale. It is there an illusion, and extremely unrealistic, to presume that the peaceful nature of the nuclear programme of Iran could be ensured through impeding the programme via illegitimate pressures."
The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stated on 16 September that Iran was not cooperating fully with its inspectors therefore the Agency could not "conclude that all nuclear material in Iran was in peaceful activities."
The United States has been firmly opposed to Iran's nuclear programme and has been very vocal about it.
President Rouhani also said he would be "willing to arrive at a framework to manage the differences" between the two countries, but that the leadership in the US should refrain from following "the short-sighted interest of warmongering pressure groups."
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.