President: No Place for Nukes in Iran’s Defense Doctrine
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi said his country is not in pursuit of developing a military nuclear capability to defend itself, and further reiterated that nuclear weapons have no room in Tehran's military doctrine.
Nuclear weapons have no place in Iran’s defense doctrine, Rayeesi said, addressing a ceremony to laud the high-achieving professors and students at Iran University of Science and Technology on Monday.
“We have announced this many times,” he added.
Rayeesi also vowed “no retreat” and “no pause” in the country’s scientific progress under his administration, saying, “Once some believed in this country that we should not unveil satellites built by (Iranian) experts to avoid giving the enemy any excuses.”
“But the situation has changed today, and we will not tie the country’s scientific progress to others’ frowns or smiles,” he added.
Noting that Iran made considerable progress in areas targeted by sanctions, Rayeesi said that “we are allowed to neither retreat nor pause. We have only one option and that is to make progress in all fields”.
He also said that despite the pressure the Islamic Republic is facing, “we will not hesitate to take advantage of nuclear technologies and make progress in this regard”.
He also lamented that unlike Iranian scientists, there are scientists in the world whose scientific achievements have resulted in authoritarianism, obliteration, or created an obstacle in the path of people’s progress.
In the past few years, Iran has repeated ad infinitum that its nuclear program is for purely peaceful purposes and that it has no intention of developing nuclear weapons.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has even issued a fatwa (religious decree) declaring that the acquisition, development, and use of nuclear weapons violate Islamic principles and are therefore forbidden.
Nevertheless, Iran’s nuclear capabilities have been met with US-led sanctions against the country with the intention of hampering Tehran’s technological advancements.
Iran is also a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).