0458 GMT June 26, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said nuclear weapons have “absolutely” no place in Iran’s doctrine, but the Islamic Republic uses peaceful nuclear science in agricultural, medical and petrochemical industries.
Raeisi made the remarks in a Monday meeting with Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers of Oman Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said during his one-day visit to Muscat, according to president.ir.
He added the United States and some Western countries used to think that they could stop Iran’s progress through imposition of sanctions, whereas everybody witnessed that the Americans themselves acknowledged that their “maximum pressure” policy ended in failure.
Raeisi said despite the U.S. threats and sanctions, the Islamic Republic has managed to achieve considerable progress in sectors that have been under a larger number of the embargoes, such as the peaceful nuclear, medical and defense industries.
He stressed that Iran and Oman are more than two neighbors as they have been linked by common interests as well as deep religious commonalities for centuries.
Raeisi added throughout history, relations between Tehran and Muscat have been “good” and “constructive”, highlighting the need to further improve them.
Tehran has been under Washington’s unilateral sanctions since May 2018 when former President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The sanctions have mainly targeted Iran’s oil and banking sectors.
During Raeisi’s trip, Iran and Oman signed 12 documents for expansion of cooperation in diverse sectors.
The agreements pertained to the energy, political, transportation, diplomatic, economic, tourism, sports and the environment sectors.