Iran general praises Rouhani UN speech

25 September 2013 | 22:25 Code : 1921943 Latest Headlines
The Iranian military’s top brass has praised President Hassan Rouhani for his speech at the United Nations.

“The president, Mr. Rouhani, showed the Iranian nation’s clear, revolutionary, just and strong positions to the world,” Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, said on Wednesday.

The general said that Rouhani’s address to the annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York proved the “wisdom of the Shia clergy.”

Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran poses no threat to the world and Tehran is ready for talks on its nuclear energy program with complete transparency.

The Iranian president urged his US counterpart Barack Obama to reject "the short-sighted interest of warmongering pressure groups” if he wants "to manage differences" with Tehran.

Rouhani stated that the Iranian nuclear energy program has always been a peaceful one, saying, "This has been, and will always be, the objective of the Islamic Republic of Iran."

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear program has been diverted toward military objectives.

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