Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Iran to Press Ahead with Nuclear Work: Khamenei - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
Select Page

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran will press ahead with its nuclear program, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, making clear the Islamic Republic would not bow to Western pressure and halt sensitive atomic work.

“Iran is not after nuclear weapons. It is after peacefully using nuclear energy … we will follow this path and … will reach it,” Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on state television.

World powers have prepared an enhanced package of trade and other incentives for Iran if it suspends its most sensitive nuclear activities, something Tehran has consistently refused to do.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana is expected to travel to Tehran soon to submit the package.

The United States accuses the Islamic Republic of seeking to develop nuclear arms. Iran denies the charge but its refusal to suspend sensitive nuclear work has prompted three rounds of U.N. sanctions since 2006.

Khamenei was speaking a week after the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report that Tehran’s alleged research into nuclear warheads was a matter of serious concern and that it should provide more information on its missile-related work.

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

More Posts

Follow Me:
FacebookGoogle PlusYouTube