TEHRAN, July 1 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian lawmaker said the Islamic republic will never give up its "inalienable" rights to nuclear technology, the Press TV reported Sunday.
"Based on its revolutionary principles and goals, the Islamic Republic of Iran will never give up its inalienable rights and will not surrender to the bullying of despotic powers," Mohammad- Hossein Farhangi, a member of Iranian Majlis (parliament) Presiding Board, was quoted as saying on Saturday.
"The animosity of the West and the U.S. is manifest in the nuclear talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran," said Farhangi, referring to last month's negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 -- the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.
He dismissed speculations by the West that Iran's enrichment of uranium to 20 percent may be aimed at weaponization, arguing that such claims are unacceptable to the world's public opinion as the production of nuclear weapons requires the enrichment of uranium to at least 90 percent, according to the report.
The West will do their best to obstruct the emergence of Iran as a scientifically and technologically advanced nation in the world and as a model for Muslim nations, he said.
Farhangi also argued that even if Tehran yielded to the West's demands to abandon its nuclear energy program, the Western powers would come up with other pretexts to put Tehran under pressure, as "their ultimate objective is to overthrow the Islamic ruling system."
The West fears Iran's growing clout in the Middle East and Latin America as well as the emergence of the Islamic republic as a role model for other countries, he added.
The Western countries suspect that Iran is developing nuclear bombs under the cover of its nuclear program, while Iran insists on the program's peaceful nature.
During intensive talks in the Russian capital Moscow on June 18 and June 19, Iran and the P5+1 did not sign any agreements, but agreed to meet again in Turkey's Istanbul in early July at the expert level.