(IRNA ) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran serves international peace and security.
Ahmadinejad made the remarks while speaking in a news conference with the foreign correspondents, on a visit to Iran to cover the news of 18th anniversary of departure of Imam Khomeini.
Asked about why certain countries are worried about the nuclear energy program of Iran, he replied, "Big powers want to retain their monopoly over the nuclear energy and in order to achieve the goal, they sow discord and differences among the developing nations." "They try to warn other nations of peaceful use of nuclear energy in Iran, while they have stockpiles of nuclear weapons, invade countries, establish military bases worldwide, and threaten them by unilateral agreements with the aim of causing differences among regional states."
The president noted that Iranian nuclear program is in line with Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and Safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
He said that Iran needs nuclear energy for progress and prosperity of the Muslim nation, adding, "We think that our development in these fields belongs to all friendly and neighboring countries as well as freedom-loving nations."