President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Sunday stressed the government's support for continuation of nuclear activities at Isfahan's Uranium Conversion Facility, saying Iran will continue work at UCF.
Addressing thousands of Basij (volunteer forces) students, the president also stressed Iran's efforts to gain access to peaceful nuclear technology.
"Undoubtedly, the West cannot deprive us of what the Iranian nation has achieved through efforts and perseverance.
"Westerners are quite disarmed vis-a-vis the legal and technical aspects of Iran's nuclear program. Today they say they have suspicion about our intention.
"The West's confidence-building claim is also a lie. They intend to deprive Iran of fuel cycle," Ahmadinejad said.
He pointed to Iran's goodwill and measures to build confidence on the country's peaceful nuclear activities and said, "The West does not want the Iranians to have access to fuel cycle." He outlined reasons behind the Westerners' opposition to Iran's peaceful nuclear technology, saying, "They are against this issue because today the Islamic Republic has acquired indigenous technology for fuel production thanks to the efforts made by young, faithful and revolutionary scientists.
"The West strives to deprive Iran of nuclear fuel cycle while keeps silence towards hundreds of nuclear warheads kept by the Zionist regime," he stressed.
The president further stated, "Iran needs 20,000 MW of electricity within the next 10 years and this cannot be supplied just from fossil fuel."