Tehran, October 10 (RHC)-- Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has once again reaffirmed the country's right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, stressing that Tehran is serious and ready to resolve its nuclear issue "in a short period of time."
Speaking on CNN in an interview, Larijani said: "If the Americans and other countries say that Iran should not develop a nuclear bomb or should not move towards that, then we can clearly show and prove that. We have no such intention. So it can be resolved in a very short period of time."
He added that the West must accept Iran's enrichment right for civilian purposes in line with regulations of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to which Iran is a signatory. The Majlis speaker pointed out: "If they [the U.S. and the West] want to bargain with us or if they have ulterior motives or maybe they want to somehow convince Iran to abandon its nuclear program, then it is going to take a long time."
He emphasized that "there is no reason to deprive the Iranian nation" of its nuclear rights based on the NPT and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Iranian leader expressed optimism about the scheduled talks between Iran and the six major world powers in mid-October in Geneva, Switzerland.
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