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Rouhani: Iran Will Never Stop Enriching

FILE - In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news briefing at the Presidency compound in Tehran, Nov. 24, 2013.
FILE - In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news briefing at the Presidency compound in Tehran, Nov. 24, 2013.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Wednesday that his country will not stop its nuclear enrichment activity, while pledging to have "constructive interaction" with the international community.

Rouhani made the statement during an interview on IRIB television, where he maintained that Iran has a right to enrichment and will never stop doing so.

"I want to assure our people that the principles set by people, the rights which belong to the people, the framework which the Supreme Leader has set, these will be applied until the end of the negotiations. Meaning that in the country, our nuclear right will be operational with more strength and clarity. Even the right of enrichment which is a part of our nuclear rights will continue. It [enrichment] is being continued today, it will continue tomorrow, and our enrichment will never stop. This is our red line," said Rouhani.

The statement came days after Iran agreed to an interim deal with the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany to limit portions of its nuclear program in exchange for targeted relief from international sanctions.

Under the agreement, Iran can continue enriching uranium, but only up to 5 percent, a level that is suitable for generating power. Iran also must neutralize its stock of uranium enriched to 20 percent, which can be used for medical research but is also a short step from the level needed to create a nuclear bomb.

Rouhani said his government's goal is to end the sanctions imposed by the Security Council and individual nations, which want Iran to halt its enrichment because of fears it has been trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has repeatedly insisted that its enrichment is only for peaceful purposes.

The president pledged to work with the nations involved in the interim deal - the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany - in order to reach a comprehensive agreement.

The two sides have said that a long-term solution would include "practical limits" and transparency to ensure Iran's nuclear work is peaceful, while giving Iran full sanctions relief.

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by: Change Iran Now from: USA
November 29, 2013 12:38 AM
1. The U.S. has limited intelligence/knowledge of what Iranian capabilities are. We just do not know the extent or capabilities of their programs.
2. The Iranians are no different than the North Koreans; they have cheated on agreements in the past and it should be expected that they will cheat in the future.
3. Given 1 and 2, any agreement that doesn’t begin with rigorous on-site, unannounced inspections is likely to fail.

by: JKF from: Great North (Canada)
November 27, 2013 8:48 PM
As expected, Iran has no intentions of stoping their nuclear processing, nor they have any intention to stop the work at the new Arak, reactor, nor they intend to stop developing more powerful and precise high payload launch veclies with global range... They, Iranians, where not at the same meeting in Geneva with the P5+1. Another greatly touted project, that is rapidly going down... I guess, as usual, the PM of Israel, who was not even in Geneva, read the situation far better than those that attend it. Very sad outcome, and not the first time that a bad outcome has materialized; the same occured with North Korea, samemindset/blinded negotiators on the P5+1... Maybe some day they will learn something about the nature of dictatorships.
In Response

by: Tom Bradley from: Missouri, USA
November 27, 2013 9:55 PM
I always said that i prefer the Israeli president to the "American" president - the Israeli President is far more of an American than all the bunch of imbeciles we have currently in the WH.

by: Bola from: Nigeria
November 27, 2013 1:47 PM
thanks Ken for the truth

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
November 27, 2013 12:53 PM
Congratulations! If I were you I would boast more than this, if only to spite Israel the more. The popularity of your friend at the White House is 'soaring' proportionately too, I hope you have been following happenings out there. But I guest your boast includes the expertise to consummate the nuclear acquisition in the six months grace. However I know that you cannot underestimate Israel, even if the whole world was behind your enrichment goals. Israel will not allow you go beyond certain levels of glee with the US naivety. If time and circumstance demand for it, Israel will strike you, whether USA is going to be with them or not. So, enjoy it while it lasts, but I know you won't stop looking behind over your shoulders; because you know that someone is watching what you do with keen interest. Even within the six months, if you take a step outside the boundaries of your limit, trust Israel to react in a way you will live to regret, isolation or no isolation - Israel is used to it. For it understands it is better to live isolated than become obliterated - the Iranian target.

by: Ken Fialcowitz from: D.C.
November 27, 2013 11:36 AM
Let them enrich all they want. The real problem is the CIA funding Al Qaeda from offshore banks. Does VOA ever report on that FACT??? Of course not!!!
In Response

by: Cleo from: USA
November 27, 2013 8:56 PM
hey "Ken" why don't you go take a long rest somewhere... I know, it could be stressful being an Iranian these days... especially if you are an "educated" Iranian...

November 27, 2013 10:43 AM

by: H.M. from: Iran
November 27, 2013 10:13 AM
I just wanted to say to the world that Iran has been executing thousands and thousands of Arab minorities who where systematically suppressed for decades in a deliberate and systematic ethnic cleansing. The "final solution" for the religious Sunna Arab and other minorities in Iran has been in progress for decades - the "West" has known about it and has done NOTHING to prevent it from progressing. and now Obama legitimized the murderous clerical ruling corruption of Iran. just at the point when it was about to collapse... WHY..??

by: Laura from: USA
November 27, 2013 7:47 AM
"Rouhani: - Iran Will Never Stop Enriching..." Ah Ah Ah... let me be clear... hey, Obama...!!! can you hear this...??? ....Idiot

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