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Iran says it will never give up nuclear program

Tuesday, June 17
Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said that his country will never give up its right to develop peaceful nuclear program.

"Iran is ready to clarify ambiguities in regards to its nuclear program," he said, adding that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can supervise the country's program.

"Some countries own nuclear weapons but they are signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT. They also never let the IAEA experts visit their nuclear sites," he explained

He made the remarks at a meeting with Cuban President Raoul Castro in Bolivia on Sunday, Iran's IRNA news agency reported.

"Iran and Cuba has similar stance in regards to world bullies," Jahangiri added.

Castro, for his part, said that the US has caused trouble in each and every region it interfered.

"Washington's presence in the Middle East aims at influencing Iran," he explained.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Group-77 plus China Summit in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz.

During the meeting, the two sides also underlined the need for the further expansion of relations.

Iran has in recent years expanded friendly ties with Latin America, especially in economic, trade and industrial fields.

Iran's strong and rapidly growing ties with Latin America, especially with Venezuela, have raised eyebrows in the US and its western allies since Tehran and Latin nations have forged an alliance against the imperialist and colonialist powers and are striving hard to reinvigorate their relations with the other independent countries which pursue a line of policy independent from the US.