Rouhani speaking in a conference of the Non-Aligned Movement’s science ministers in Tehran stated "those who carry out the sanctions are well aware of the intentions of the Iranian people and government.”
He said the reason why his government has been successful in carrying out any projects it embarked on is the support it has continuously received from the nation and the Supreme Leader.
He said the claims about Iran hiding its enrichment program is a big lie because there were no reason to go to Europeans to start this program if it wanted to hide it from the world.
He denounced such an approach as an instance of subjecting developing countries to scientific discrimination.
The president said Iran sought enrichment technology only to serve its peaceful purposes and also to find a new source of energy.
He noted that Iran has wasted its time in doing talks with the western countries because they only offered promises but never did anything at the end.
Iran, Rouhani added, even was in talks with Russia for quite a time and received some technologies but they refused to provide the enrichment technology to Iran.
He further noted that under such circumstances, the Islamic Republic of Iran has realized the role of science and technology in sustainable development and is pushing its way through.
He also urged cooperation among NAM member states to improve their scientific standards as a way to attain the movement’s final goal of bringing peace and equity to the world.
After the parties failed to meet the Nov. 24, 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 for providing Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.