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Big powers unable to hinder Iran progress: Rouhani

Politics - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says big powers have confessed they are unable to halt Iran’s nuclear energy program.

“Big powers have admitted that they are unable to stop Iran’s peaceful nuclear progress,” President Rouhani said in a meeting with lawmakers from southern Iranian Bushehr Province on Monday.

He added that his administration's policy of active interaction with the world has put forward a realistic view of Iran’s achievements and capabilities.

“You see that powers, which maintained the illusion of destroying Iran’s enrichment capability, are now admitting that they have no ability to stopIran’s industrial progress and counter enrichment in the country as this industry has been developed indigenously,” President Rouhani stated.

He described the Iranian nation’s resistance and their obedience to the guidelines of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei as the country’s assets.

The Iranian president emphasized that the government would proceed with efforts to solve the country’s problems by relying on the Iranian people and their unity and coherence.

Addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Saturday to mark the national Student’s Day, President Rouhani reaffirmed the country’s entitlement to uranium enrichment.

“Not only nuclear energy, but also nuclear technology and even [uranium] enrichment are our inalienable rights. In addition, we have every right to progress and development,” Rouhani said.

On November 24, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain and the United States -- plus Germany sealed an interim agreement in the Swiss city of Geneva to pave the way for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

As part of the deal, some of the existing sanctions against the Islamic Republic would be lifted in exchange for Iran’s confidence-building move to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.

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