News ID: 111006
Published: 0812 GMT February 04, 2015

Obama urged to recognize Iran's nuclear right

Obama urged to recognize Iran's nuclear right

A senior Iranian lawmaker has urged US President Barack Obama to assent to the reasonable nuclear demands of the Islamic Republic.

"Despite the internal and international pressure on Obama not to come to a final nuclear deal with Iran, he should recognize the inalienable right of the Iranians to peaceful nuclear technology," Mehdi Davatgari, a member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told Iran Daily on Wednesday.

The parliamentarian said the US executive and legislative branches are entangled in a controversy over nuclear talks with Iran. "Obama pretends that he is trying to reach obvious solutions to a nuclear deal with Tehran while the Congress voices strong opposition," he said.

Davatgari stated that Israel and Saudi Arabia also exert pressure to dash the hopes of a nuclear agreement between Tehran and major world powers.

The MP said if Obama intends to be considered as independent, he should ignore such pressures and admit that Iran is entitled to peaceful nuclear technology.

The lawmaker underlined that the Islamic Republic has always complied with international frameworks and standards.

Davatgari pointed to the reaction of the Iranian parliament vis-à-vis the US Congress, saying: "The Majlis is an independent branch and makes decisions based on national interests."

He said the imperious manner of the West is a cause of concern — the epitome of which is embodied in the US Congress.

The parliamentarian pointed out that the hostile approaches of the US Congress vindicate the right of the Majlis to counter the call.

Davatgari further supported the enrichment of uranium to 60 percent if the West refuses to recognize Iran's civilian nuclear activities. "The Majlis found it expedient to propose plans to enrich uranium to 60 percent to uphold national interests," he said.

He said the lawmakers have approved the first urgency of the proposal to enrich uranium by the high percentage. "The approval of the proposal's urgency means that MPs may deal with the proposal away from administrative procedures and discuss it in an open session," Davatgari said.

"The proposal entitles MPs to perform their legal duties and pass a legislation for 60-percent enrichment, if they deem it necessary."

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