Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said production of nuclear fuel by his country would serve world peace as well as development and welfare of the Iranian and other world nations. Addressing a ceremony at Natanz enrichment center Monday for announcing Iran’s success in gaining full access to the know-how required for the production of nuclear fuel at industrial scale, the president said, “Production of nuclear fuel in this cradle of civilization will serve the development and welfare of the Iranian and other world nations and help expansion of peace.”
He further stressed the resolve of the Iranian nation to generate 20 megawatts of nuclear electricity on the basis of its specified time-table and make use of its nuclear capability in the various fields of medicine, agriculture and industry.
“And on this path, Iran shakes hands with any country which negotiates and cooperates with it,” the president added.
He also said those countries which refused to accept today’s reality and the rights of the Iranian nation should give up opposition and know that Iran will defend its rights to the end of the road.
Addressing bullying powers, Ahmadinejad stressed that his nation may never backtrack on the path of nuclear technology, warning that Iran has so far acted peacefully and in accordance with the international rules and regulations.
“And it (Iran) is keen on continuing the same path. But they (the other side) should avoid the kind of measures which could make the great and brave Iranian nation revise its attitude, because they have frequently experienced and witnessed that the Iranian nation is capable of doing so,” he continued.
Earlier in the same ceremony, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency (IAEO) Gholam Reza Aghazadeh said that his country has succeeded in entering the phase of industrial nuclear fuel production following its significant technological progress at Natanz enrichment facility.
“After it succeeded in completing two cascades of 164 centrifuges, Iran has now gained full access to the required know-how for producing nuclear fuel at industrial scale,” he said.
The ceremony was attended by Iranian president, high-ranking officials and MPs as well as more than 45 ambassadors of foreign countries to Tehran and representatives of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Troika.
Political analysts described Iran’s entrance to the phase of semi-industrial nuclear fuel production as “a no return point” establishing the Islamic Republic as a nuclear state.