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World Powers Must Accept A Nuclear Iran: Larijani

Ali Larijani
Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani said on April 12 that world powers must accept Iran as a nuclear power.

Larijani made the comments after earlier this week the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany had offered to hold talks with Iran over its nuclear program.

Larijani told parliament that the "5+1" has no reason to refuse Iran nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, according to terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The international community has called on Iran to stop its uranium-enrichment program, which they suspect is for non-peaceful purposes. Tehran denies the charge.