Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the rhetoric of threat against the Iranian nation is “worthless and childish.”
Addressing a massive gathering of people celebrating the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Tehran, Rouhani said, “On behalf of the nation of Iran, I declare with a clear voice that threatening the nation of Iran is worthless and childish since our nation has, over the past 35 years, resisted against various threats from the enemy and achieved victory.”
“I say to the P5+1 countries that nuclear negotiations are a historic test for Europe and the United States. Should they proceed within the framework of law, the rights of the nation of Iran, common interests, mutual respect, interaction, and cooperation in the nuclear negotiations, they will receive a positive and proper response from Iran,” President Rouhani said.
“But, if they seek to repeat the improper and wrongful manners of the past, they should know that they have taken steps to the detriment of their own nation, the region, global welfare and stability...,” the Iranian president added.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed Tehran’s position to continue developing its nuclear energy program for peaceful purposes.
“Similar to other nations, the Islamic Republic of Iran considers itself entitled to enjoy all peaceful technologies, including peaceful nuclear technology,” Rouhani said.
“Unlike others who want atoms for war, we want atoms for peace. This is why, this [Iranian] administration held serious negotiations with the P5+1 (permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) with complete seriousness to create more confidence for world public opinion,” he added.
Rouhani expressed Tehran’s preparedness to enter the next round of talks with the Sextet of powers on February 18 in order to achieve a final and comprehensive agreement, noting, “We are serious in this respect as we were in the first step and the doors of our country are open to the [International Atomic Energy] Agency (IAEA).”
The president argued that the Islamic Republic has been a victim of weapons of mass destruction itself and rejected allegations that Iran is after such weapons.
Rouhani also called on the foreign envoys to convey Iran’s goodwill message for more cooperation with their countries.