Rouhani: Iran will Not Retreat an Iota from Nuclear Program

Iran will continue to develop its nuclear program and refuses to “retreat even an iota,” the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said May 11.

“All westerners, easterners and the (Group) 5+1 (six world powers engaged in nuclear talks with Iran) should know that we will not retreat a single step in the field of the nuclear energy,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a ceremony held on Sunday in Tehran to unveil three new achievements of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

As usual, Rouhani claimed his country’s nuclear program was for peaceful purposes, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

His comments were the latest in a series from Iranian political and military leaders challenging the West.

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi bragged recently that his experts could reverse key nuclear concessions in a matter of weeks.

“Oxidizing 5% uranium does not mean the elimination of uranium… It is a mistake to say that we lose our reserves by oxidizing uranium…We can transform our 5% uranium to 20% within two to three weeks if needed.”

Iran is not developing its nuclear program in isolation over the last 24 hours the country’s military leaders announced new developments in their respective domains.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Ali Fadavi said May 10 the IRGC deployed drones around the Strait of Hormuz. These drones are used for “surveillance, reconnaissance and operation.”

“We have established drone bases in the east, west and north of the Strait of Hormuz, conducting constant flights over the area as well as in the north of the Persian Gulf,” he added.

Fadavi added that IRGC drones are equipped with the same type of cruise missiles which are mounted on vessels or stationed in the coastal areas.

“We have now anti-warship missiles on our vessels, on the coast and on helicopters. Therefore, we can mount medium-range missiles which can meet most of our needs, on our drones, and this is now underway,” he added.

Meanwhile, Army Ground Forces Commander Brig.-Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said Iranian combat helicopters are now armed

with high-precision guided missiles and rockets are capable of confronting all types of enemy threats even in asymmetric wars.

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