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17 Dec 2018, 21:13 GMT+10

President Hassan Rouhani says that hegemons assassinated Iranian scientists to block the Islamic Republics progress and development. President Rouhani

Certain industrial countries allow their intelligence services to plot assassination of Iranian scientists to hinder the countrys progress because they are seeking to maintain their hegemony through keeping their monopoly over science and technology, Rouhani said in a speech at the 27th International Kharazmi Festival in Tehran on Sunday.

A number of Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated by the Israeli spying agency Mossad in recent years in a futile attempt to impede Tehrans nuclear program.

Rouhani also said that Irans missile industries are meant for defense against military threats and criticized the hegemonistic countries for plotting assassination of Iranian missile experts.

In addition, he criticized Western countries for not honoring their commitments under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to share their nuclear technology with other countries for peaceful purposes.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the president said that the purpose of research programs and academic festivals should be to facilitate the countrys scientific development.

Source: Tehran Times

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