Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 16
By Umid Niayesh, Saeed Isayev - Trend:
Iran's defense doctrine is not based on production of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, country's president Hassan Rouhani said, IRINN state TV reported on Dec. 16.
Rouhani made the remarks speaking at the opening of Iran's national festival of celebrating country's researchers and technologists in Tehran.
Referring to the words of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei regarding prohibition of nuclear weapons, Rouhani said that Iran doesn't carry out researches on nuclear weapons.
The president went on to add that researches should be in line with country's values.
"Providing mass destruction weapons is not within Iran's national interests' framework," he said.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.
Rouhani noted that Iran will continue its space researches, while he also criticized some researches which are not of major importance to the country.
"While the resources are limited, the researchers should pay more attention to the country's urgent and vital needs," he said, adding that some research works carry more "promotional value", while not being of big importance to the country.
He did not reveal any more details on such "promotional" research works.