Summary:President Hassan Rouhani once again underlined that Iran will not accept any limitations in the context of peaceful nuclear technology.
“In the context of R&D and peaceful nuclear technology, we will not accept any limitations,” said President Rouhani in an interview with CNN on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
President Rouhani insisted that Iran had a right to peaceful nuclear technology, including enrichment, as "part and parcel of the inalienable rights of states."
?Nuclear energy is part of Iranians’ national pride,” the Iranian president added.
"It is part a part of our national pride, and nuclear technology has become indigenous," he said. "And recently, we have managed to secure very considerable prowess with regards to the fabrication of centrifuges," he added, explaining that "not under any circumstances" would Iran destroy any of its existing centrifuges.
President Rouhani said that Tehran is ready to finalize a nuclear deal with six major world powers if they have the necessary political will for it.
Sanctions against Iran are illegal
President Rouhani said sanctions against Iran are illegal and are undermining international law.
"When it comes to sanctions, have they been successful so far? Sanctions first and foremost are illegal," said Dr.Rouhani. "And a Congress which claims to be making laws should not contravene international laws."
"These sanctions translate into the weakening of the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons), the weakening of international laws and regulations. No other country can decide for another country."
"We are not afraid of threats," President Rouhani said. "And the language of threats is ineffective when it comes to Iran. The language they need to choose should be a legal one, a respectful tone of voice when addressing the Iranian people. ... It benefits our region and the interests of other countries."
Still, Dr.Rouhani said there is "full readiness" on the part of Iran "to take the final step" on the nuclear issue
President Rouhani said that though the last step would be more difficult than the first, "the conditions allow us to take the final step.'Dr.Rouhani arguing that Iran's need for medical isotopes necessitated a heavy water reactor.
President Rouhani insisted Arak heavy water reactor would be used for "nuclear medicine," not nuclear weapons.
"We are standing on our own two feet. Iranian scientists have designed this. We have constructed it. It's nearly finished. So when it comes to medical concerns, we cannot accept limitations."
"Israel knows very well what the response would be. Israel knows well our regional capability," he said. "When it comes to practice, the Israelis cannot do that. If they do such a crazy thing, our response will make them rue the day."
On the Syrian issue Dr.Rouhani said elections were the key to resolving the issue.
He said. “If the people have some grievances, they need to go through legal channels, engage in free elections, for everyone to find out what the people need."
"All of us should ... work together to bring about appropriate conditions inside Syria and help with elections. Everyone should respect the vote of the Syrians. Whatever the Syrians say, that should be enough. If outside countries want to decide for Syria, they are wrong. It's impractical. It's illegal."