Iran can enjoy nuclear energy without sanctions: Presidential hopeful

Iran can enjoy nuclear energy without sanctions: Presidential hopeful
# 28 April 2013 01:13 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Iran’s presidential hopeful Ali Akbar Velayati says the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear activities can be resolved so that the country could enjoy the benefits of a peaceful energy program without sanctions, APA reports quoting Press TV.

“The nuclear program issue can be resolved, without losing nuclear technology,” Velayati said on Saturday.

The US, Israel, and some of their allies falsely claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with Washington and the European Union using the claim as pretext to impose illegal sanctions against Tehran.

Tehran rejects the allegation over its nuclear energy activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Pointing to the fact that Iran is the first political power in the region, Velayati said none of the important regional issues can be resolved without Tehran’s effective intervention, which demonstrates the country’s influence.

The former foreign minister, who currently advises Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said with proper management Iran could become the region’s number one economic power by 2025.

Presidential hopeful Ali Akbar Velayati has formed a coalition with key principlist figures, Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel and Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf.

The coalition is to pick one of its members with the highest approval rating as the nominee to succeed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran’s 11th presidential election will be held on June 14. Presidential hopefuls can register from May 7 to 11.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election and candidates must be vetted for qualifications by the Guardian Council.