Iran will never seek a nuclear weapon - Rouhani

2015-07-14 14:45
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Ebrahim Noroozi, AP)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Ebrahim Noroozi, AP)

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Tehran - President Hassan Rouhani pledged on Tuesday that Iran "will never seek a nuclear weapon, with or without the implementation" of the deal agreed with world powers in Vienna.

Rouhani said live on state television that such weapons were "against our religion" and contradicted a decree from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei barring the pursuit of an atomic bomb.

He reiterated the point later in his speech, promising regional countries suspicious of Iran's nuclear programme that it has never and will not "seek to pressure" its neighbours.

Rouhani said the deal would open a new chapter of cooperation with the outside world after years of sanctions, predicting the "win-win" result would gradually eliminate mutual mistrust.

He added in a live televised speech that Iran would abide by its commitments under the agreement as long as world powers did, and asserted the accord protected gains made by Tehran in a nuclear programme, the West suspects is intended to develop an atomic weapon.

Iran says the work is purely peaceful.

Rouhani also urged neighbouring countries to ignore what he called propaganda by its arch foe Israel, saying Iran had a shared interest in the stability of the region.

Lastly Rouhani said the deal is a "starting point" for trust, as long as the accord is honoured.

"If this deal is implemented correctly, we can gradually eliminate distrust," alluding to Iran's long-strained relations with leading Western states.

"This is a mutual deal, a reciprocal deal," he added.

-AFP, Reuters

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