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Iran: ‘After Ten Years, We Have Emerged Victorious’

Iranian parliamentary chairman rejoices in ‘victory over the West,’ says America wanted to stop enrichment – but ultimately approved it.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 11/28/2013, 12:42 PM

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Reuters

The deal signed between Iran and the “P5+1” nations was a victory for the Islamic Republic, the Chairman of Iran’s Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Policy has said.

Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi rejoiced in the Iranian “victory” in an interview with Iran’s Arabic-language Al-Alam television this week. The interview was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

“By now, the Islamic Republic controls all aspects of nuclear science. From A-Z, from the very beginning all the way to uranium enrichment,” Boroujerdi declared.

“After ten years, we have emerged victorious over the west. They wanted to prevent us from acquiring nuclear technology, but we have reached that point,” he continued.

Iran sacrificed “martyrs” and endured an “economic siege” for the sake of its nuclear program, he said. “Now we have emerged victorious heroes,” he stated.

The deal shows that the West has given up on stopping Iran from producing enriched uranium, he continued. “The Americans reached the conclusion that it would be futile to continue with their policy of confronting the Islamic Republic... They wanted to prevent Iran from enriching uranium, but we have attained this technology and we are currently using it.

“Therefore, the Americans changed their policy,” he said. The West has now officially recognized that Iran enriches uranium, he explained.

“Iran has become an official member of the international club of the countries that make peaceful use of nuclear energy,” he said.

In exchange for United Nations inspections, the West will lift economic sanctions, he explained. If there are new sanctions, he warned, “We will not confirm the agreement, and will not abide by our commitments.”

Boroujerdi and the interviewer also discussed the impact the deal will have on specific Iranian nuclear installations. In general, Boroujerdi said, Iran will not add more centrifuges, but those currently in operation will remain operational.

Israeli leaders have expressed upset over the deal, which they have warned leaves Iran capable of producing a nuclear weapon in a short timeframe.