Presidential candidate: Iran nuclear issue politicized

Politics Materials 30 May 2013 23:54 (UTC +04:00)

Iranian presidential candidate Mohammad Gharazi says the Islamic Republic's nuclear issue has been politicized, Press TV reported.

"I don't consider [Iran's] atomic energy problem a technical one at all; I believe it has been politicized. We have done nothing against the law," Gharazi said in an interview with Press TV.

"We are not allowed to build atomic bomb, both in religious terms and according to customary regulations. We can achieve that capability [to produce such bombs] but we do not consider it beneficial, and we will never go after it," the Iranian presidential candidate added.

Gharazi who is also a former oil minister, further stated that Washington seeks to mount pressure on Iran in an attempt to win concessions from the Islamic Republic in view of Iran's influence on regional developments.

The Iranian nation would never give into US domination, Gharazi added.

Gharazi will be facing Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, and former First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref in the June 14 presidential election.

Over 66,000 polling stations will be set up across the country. Expatriates will also be able to cast ballots at 285 polling stations that will be set up in their respective countries.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program with the US and the EU using that unfounded allegation as pretext to impose illegal unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Tehran rejects the allegation maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.