Rouhani says Iran not to seek other’s approval for scientific progress
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 17
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the Islamic Republic does not wait for anyone's approval in its attempts to discover and use new technologies, IRNA news agency reported Feb. 17.
The president was speaking at a ceremony on the occasion of the national Space Technology Day in Tehran.
"Let us have this in mind that not only in the eleventh administration, but in the Islamic Republic of Iran in general, we do not and will not ask permission on progress in science," he exclaimed.
"Let it not strike anyone's mind that since we are approaching the world, since we are holding talks and conducting relations, we plan to put aside any scientific field. We push along powerfully on all scientific advancements. Sometimes enemies would try to pressure people by seeking alibi in scientific achievements. The government's task is to rob the enemy of such alibi."
Rouhani added, "We have started the job and will pursue it until the day that it is made clear that such alibis are illusions and not real. In the field of science, we will pursue whatever advancement that is necessary."
On Jan. 31, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Iranian scientists not to let politics get involved in scientific and research centers.
"The enemies of Iran are mounting their bullying and hostility to the Islamic Republic for its political, social and ideological independence. Therefore, the country must proceed with empowerment day by day in order to reach the status in science and technology and thwart their hostility to Iran in different ways," Khamenei said.
Edited by CN