Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Iran will not give in to any threat over its nuclear program since it has taken the proper precautions to counter every possible scenario.

“Our nation should know that the Islamic Republic of Iran takes these threats seriously and we are prepared in every respect and have plans for the worst case scenarios. But we know that nothing will happen,” Salehi said in a television interview with Iran’s Channel 3 late on Friday.

Referring to the talks between Iran and the 5+1 group--Russia, China, Britain, France and the United States, plus Germany--, Salehi said the group has a number of questions over some “ambiguities” which Iran is trying to answer.

The minister said Iran will announce new nuclear achievements in the coming weeks, stressing the importance of confidence building between the West and Iran over Tehran's atomic case.

“They [the 5+1 group] should trust us and we [Iran] will take the required measures within the framework of our nuclear safeguards,” Salehi noted.

The West has heightened sanctions against Iran as the US and Israel’s war rhetoric against the country is intensified.

Recently, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has reportedly said there is a strong possibility that Israel will launch an attack on Iran in April, May, or June 2012.

The US, Israel, and their Western allies accuse Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program and have used this allegation as a pretext to convince the United Nations Security Council to impose four rounds of sanctions on Iran.

Rejecting the allegations, Iran says it has every right to peaceful nuclear activities as an International Atomic Energy Agency member state and a signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty.


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