Tehran, YJC. -- President Hassan Rowhani said Sunday that Western governments must recognise Iran's right to enrich uranium in any deal to allay their concerns about its nuclear programme.
TEHRAN, Sept 22, 2013 (AFP) - Rouhani said that should extend to "all rights of the Iranian nation, particularly nuclear rights and the right to enrich uranium on its territory within the framework of international rules".
His comments, at an annual military parade, came on the eve of his departure for the UN General Assembly in New York where he is scheduled to meet French President Francois Hollande on the sidelines.
"If they (Western governments) accept these rights, the Iranian people are a rational people, peaceful and friendly. We stand ready to cooperate and together we can settle all the region's problems and even global ones," Rouhani said.
"The Iranian people want development and are not looking to make an atomic weapon.".