Jan 23, 2014, 4:50 PM
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Iran will continue with nuclear program for civilian purpose

Davos, Switzerland, Jan 23, IRNA -- President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that the Islamic republic of Iran would continue with its nuclear program for civilian purposes.

In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Rouhani said his country would "under no conditions give up its right to pursue peaceful technology."

The President reiterated Iran's desire to engage with its international partners.

Rouhani, the architect of brokering a deal to end a decade-long confrontation with the western governments, over the national nuclear program in November said it was part of his drive to rapprochement with the western governments and improve relations with the country's neighbors.

"What we have achieved is not merely a temporary agreement but a prelude to future agreement and engagement," Rouhani said.

In Thursday's speech, he said he would push for greater engagement with the world as part of his drive to make the Iranian economy one of the top 10 within the next three decades.

"I view Iran's economy as the most congruent, capable and closest to that of successful emerging economies, and I see Iran's place alongside them in the future."

Rouhani said the country intended to reopen trade and industrial and economic relations with its neighbors.

In response to a question from World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab on whether that included all countries, Rouhani said: "All countries that Iran has officially recognized are inside the circle."

"East and West, North and South -- there are no exceptions."

Iran does not recognize Israel and believes it is an occupying and illegitimate entity.

Syria hot topic at day one of Davos

He said Iran "believes that everyone, all of us, should try our best to put a stop to the bloodshed in Syria, and later push terrorists out of Syria."

Rouhani said the next step would be to "pave the way for the opposition to sit around a table with the Syrian government" and for free and fair elections to be held.