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Rouhani: Tel Aviv, Washington's Fury Show Iran’s Global Success

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Israel and the United States' anger is indicative of Iran’s success on the international scene.

“Their anger and cries show the successful steps taken by the Iranian nation both in the United Nations which is an international political body and at the World Economic Forum (WEF) which is an economic center,” President Rouhani said in a joint meeting of the Iranian government and parliament on Saturday.

He stressed that the willingness of the international companies to invest in Iran’s economy shows the success of the political epic created by Iranians during the June president election, and said, “God willing, the economic epic will be created by the great nation of Iran as well.”

On Friday, a senior Iranian oil official said that following the implementation of the Geneva nuclear deal struck by Tehran and the six major world powers late in November, the world oil giants now plan to return to Iran's market.

“Companies like (Royal Dutch) Shell and British Petroleum (BP), Malaysia’s Petronas, Spain’s Repsol and several other big world oil and gas companies will return to Iran and oil activities with these companies will resume,” a top aid to the Iranian oil minister, Mohammad Souri, said.

He added that the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) needs to attract $150bln in fresh investment.

On Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham slammed US President Barack Obama's unrealistic and unconstructive remarks on Iran, reiterating that Tehran has developed a peaceful nuclear technology and has never been after the production of atomic weapons.

In a statement on Wednesday, Afkham said President Obama’s statement stems from his wrong perception of Iran’s commitment to its merely peaceful indigenous nuclear program.

The spokeswoman said the US considers its most important achievement preventing Iran to access nuclear weapon, while that’s a totally wrong claim, because Iran has never intended to have nuclear weapon.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Several years ago Ayatollah Khamenei issued a Fatwa (religious decree) to ban the possession, production and use of the nuclear weapons.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and western embargos for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

The Islamic Republic says that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA's questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.

 

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