0258 GMT March 01, 2021
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran may enrich uranium up to 60% purity if needed.
Ayatollah Khamenei added the Islamic Republic will not back down on its right to peaceful nuclear technology and will continue its progress in this field in line with the country’s present and future needs.
“Like other issues, the Islamic Republic will not back down on the nuclear issues [in the face of Western pressures] and will continue to march forward on the basis of the country’s present and future expediencies,” Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks during a Monday evening meeting with members of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran.
The Leader censured the US and E3 for failing to fulfill their commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, saying that Iran complied with JCPOA obligations from the very beginning.
Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that Iran will resume the full implementation of the JCPOA if other parties fully abide by the agreement.
Underlining the fact that Iran will never move toward development of nuclear weapons, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said, “What prevents the Islamic Republic from building nuclear weapons is the Islamic way of thinking and principles, which prohibit production of all kinds of weapons, including nuclear or chemical, which would be used to massacre ordinary people,” Press TV reported.
Referring to the massacre of 220,000 innocent people in the US nuclear bombardment of two Japanese cities during World War II as well as the indiscriminate bombardment of the Yemeni people, their markets, hospitals and schools by Western-made warplanes, the Leader said, “Massacring civilians and innocent people is the way of Americans and Western countries, but the Islamic Republic does not believe in this method and, therefore, never thinks about nuclear weapons.”
“In the meantime, that international Zionist clown, who keeps saying that ‘we will not allow Iran to build nuclear weapons’, must know that if the Islamic Republic had any decision to produce nuclear weapons, he and those bigger than him could not prevent it.”