Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 18 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Association Fereidoon Abbasi said that the country needs to continue enriching uranium to 20 percent, IRIB News reported.
Abbasi said enriching uranium to 20 percent for the Tehran reactor is Iran's right, which will be defended.
"Twenty percent enrichment may not be something the Westerners agree with, however this is the right of Iranian people," he said.
Abbasi added, that according to the report of IAEA's Board of Governors, the agency's stance towards Iran has not changed.
Several days ago, member of Iranian parliament's national security committee, Nozar Shafie said that Iran can exit the NPT, if the pressure on country continues to intensify.
Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.