Iran will not give up
nuclear rights: Judiciary chief
09 May 2012
In Print: Thursday 10 May
TEHRAN – Judiciary Chief
Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani has said that the Western pressure on Iran
will not compel the Islamic Republic to give up its nuclear rights.
“The Iranian people will not retreat from the firm steps they
have taken on the path to access nuclear energy for peaceful purposes ,
and the Westerners should put this wishful thinking out of their
mind,” Larijani said on Wednesday in response to an EU statement
issued on May 7 saying that Iran must suspend uranium
“European countries have recently issued an illogical
statement, and the U.S. secretary of state (Hillary Clinton) has made
hostile remarks in India, which were not expected after the previous
talks,” he said.
“If after the positive talks in Turkey, the Westerners are
seeking to change the course of the talks toward the policy of
negotiation-pressure, they should know that they are totally
mistaken,” Iran’s most senior judge noted.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN
Security Council and Germany) held a new round of talks on Tehran’s
nuclear program in Istanbul on April 14, breaking a 15-month hiatus in
talks, and agreed to meet again in Baghdad on May 23.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani said the talks in Baghdad will be
successful if the West tries to win the Iranian nation’s
“The Westerners will get nowhere through imposing sanctions,
threatening, and issuing illogical statements, and should try to create a
sensible and logical atmosphere,” he said.