Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 29
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi said that having nuclear energy technology grants deterrence to Iran.
"It is also a symbol of being an independent and dynamic nation," Salehi emphasized, Iran's Fars news agency reported Aug. 29.
Salehi did not explain how peaceful nuclear technology gives deterrence to Iran.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.
"We are no longer slaves of the arrogant powers," Salehi said, adding "the Islamic Republic acts based on its own policies."
The West has no choice but to cooperate with Iran, he stressed.
Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council comprising of China, France, Russia, Britain, the US Plus Germany) are likely to hold a new round of nuclear talks on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly Session in September.
The two sides have until Nov. 24 to clinch a final deal on Tehran's nuclear energy program.
Iran and the P5+1 sealed an interim deal in Geneva, on November 23, 2013, for a six-month period. The deal, which took effect on January 20, expired on July 20.
Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.