Thursday, February 23, 2012

Iran: Nuclear scientists stress continuation of scientific jihad

Source: IRNA

Iranian nuclear scientists stress continuation of scientific jihad

Tehran, Feb 23, IRNA - A number of Iranian nuclear scientists signed a petition released here on Wednesday which stresses their commitment to continue peaceful nuclear progresses.

They signed the petition on the sideline of their today meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

“Iranian scientists are committed to disappoint the enemies of Iran progresses and to exhilarated the oppressed people of the world; hostile powers should know that assassinations will not stop Iranian scientists and it will strengthen their commitment to defend Iranian nation’s right for the peaceful use of nuclear energy,” it said.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei, met this morning with a number of Iranian nuclear scientists. At the meeting, His Eminence said that the biggest outcome of the nuclear achievements by young Iranian scientists is that they have created a sense of national dignity in Iran.

He stressed: “The Iranian nation has never been after nuclear weapons and it will never go after such weapons. The Iranian nation will prove to the world that nuclear weapons do not bring about power. The people can shatter the kind of power that is based on nuclear weapons by relying on their talents and their human and natural capacities.”

Iran's 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast, a chemistry professor and a deputy director of commerce at Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was assassinated recently on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Iranian university professor and nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali Mohammadi, who was also assassinated in a terrorist bomb attack in Tehran in January 2010.

The method used for Roshan's assassination was similar to the 2010 terrorist bomb attacks against the then university professor, Fereidoun Abbassi Davani - who is now the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization - and his colleague Majid Shahriari. Abbasi Davani survived the attack, while Shahriari was martyred.

Another Iranian scientist, Dariush Rezaeinejad, was also assassinated through the same method on 23 July 2011.

Iran has condemned the CIA, MI6 and Mossad for the five assassinations.

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.

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 for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

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