Iran to soon access full nuclear technology: Ahmadinejad
TEHRAN (AFP) - Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed that Tehran would master nuclear technology in the new Iranian year in defiance of the US-led effort to block its efforts.
"Enemies intend to stop our progress by broad propaganda. But God willing, the Islamic republic will fully gain access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in this (Iranian) year," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency.
The Iranian new year started on Monday.
Ahmadinejad also called for a "Middle East without nuclear arms."
"The Islamic republic is not only seeking a Middle East without nuclear weapons, but also disarmament of all powers in the world that have this weapon," Ahmadinejad said.
He was speaking during a meeting with Syria's visiting First Vice President Faruq al-Shara.
The United States and its allies believe Iran's nuclear program conceals an effort to develop weapons. Iran says its research is peaceful and meant to provide fuel for its power plants.
The UN Security Council is currently deadlocked over Iran's nuclear program. Discussions, which began Monday, have been snagged by the refusal of Russia and China, two of the council's five veto-wielding permanent members, to consider sanctions against their ally and major trading partner in Tehran.
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