The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the Islamic Republic is determined to exercise its right to peaceful nuclear technology, urging talks between Tehran and the P5+1 group to hinge on cooperation, Press TV reported.
"Like in the past, we will follow our path with strength to stabilize science and technology in the country and the parties (to talks) must also negotiate with us based on this," AEOI Director Fereydoun Abbasi stated on Wednesday.
Abbasi was referring to the upcoming round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany) which will be held in Kazakhstan on February 26, with a focus on Iran's nuclear energy program.
The Iranian official expressed certainty that the reports published by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), after the body's numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear sites, confirm that the country's nuclear energy program has never exceeded international laws.
"If they base their work and negotiations on these realities, we will not face any problems," he added.
Abbasi said he was optimistic about the outcome of the Kazakhstan talks as "the two sides have reached a mutual understanding," noting that Iran's reliance on science and technology forestall any need for aggression.
"The talks must revolve around cooperation and we must talk about the future of energy in the world and that what share various countries have in the welfare of human society," he urged.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.