Intl. day for elimination of nukes: Iran stresses right to peaceful nuclear energy
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has stressed the country’s right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, saying that sanctions on Iranian scientists will not hamper such activities.
In a series of posts on its Twitter account on Saturday, the AEOI said that the Islamic Republic has adopted a “transparent approach” in its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“This issue proves the rightfulness of using this energy for the Iranian people,” it added on the occasion of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
The AEOI also noted that it has promoted its scientific programs in the areas of health, agriculture, food, radiopharmaceuticals and stable isotopes “in a precise and determined manner” and that sanctions imposed on Iranian nuclear scientists “will not interrupt Iran's nuclear program strategic principle.”
On Monday, the US imposed a raft of new restrictive measures on Iran over its nuclear program, claiming it was enforcing a UN arms embargo.
The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned three AEOI deputy directors and a number of its subsidiaries.
In late January, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the AEOI and its head Ali Akbar Salehi.
The AEOI further quoted Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei as saying, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has never sought nuclear weapons and will not surrender the right of its people to peaceful use of nuclear energy.”