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Nuclear stand-off: Iranians speak

Iran has resumed nuclear research, deepening its rift with the UN and Western countries who fear Tehran is seeking to produce atomic bombs.

Tehran says it wants to produce nuclear energy only.

The BBC asks seven Iranians how they feel about Iran's nuclear activities, its stand-off with the West and the threat of UN-imposed sanctions.

ADEL ARJOMANZADE, 41, SHOP OWNER, NORTH TEHRAN

When Pakistan and India can have nuclear energy why shouldn't we?

Adel Arjomanzade
Adel says Iran is using nuclear energy peacefully

Who knows if Israel is using its atomic energy peacefully? At least Iran has allowed inspectors to come and see our plants.

We are using nuclear energy peacefully... America has already imposed sanctions on Iran and nothing happened and we didn't die. Let them do it again.

MEHDI KIYAMANESH, 27, CHEMICAL ENGINEER

Definitely it is the right of each country to possess nuclear energy, even if we put aside any political reason.

It is good for the economy of the country because it will save in consumption of other energies.

But they should use a way to avoid tension. Nuclear energy is very good for the country, but if it means international sanctions it's not worth it.

Since we need foreign expertise for this technology to operate, it is better to co-operate with other countries.

SHAHRZAD, 34, COMPUTER ENGINEER

I'm worried [about the seals being re-opened]. What is going to happen? What are the consequences going to be?

I'm against Iran having nuclear energy because of the security matters.

How can we protect a nuclear plant?
Sharhzad

For instance, we can't even protect a wagon of cotton and gas when they are beside each other; how can we protect a nuclear plant? Gas pipes explode and an entire village goes up in air; what are they going to do with atomic energy?

[Regarding international relations...] If we don't bother with what's going on behind the scenes politically, and if we just consider what is going on at face value, Iran is going to become even more isolated from the international community.

FATEMEH KARIME, 27, FABRIC STORE WORKER, TEHRAN

It's good for any country to have nuclear energy.

The world has developed and in the future it is necessary to have such a technology... Our fuel supply will one day run out so it is necessary for them to start development now so we can meet our needs in the future.

FARHAD JAHANGIRZADE, 41, SHOP OWNER, NORTH TEHRAN

Each country needs nuclear energy in a positive way and not in a negative way.

We [Iran] are not after conflict as the West imagines. The Islamic Republic has endorsed the positive use of nuclear energy.

ZINAT SEDALI, 55, HOMEMAKER

In my opinion, any country that can afford having this technology should be able to and America should put aside its self-proclaimed superiority.

For sure, our leaders know that it is good for the country and we as the nation want it as well.

NARGES-SAADAT BUTORABI, 35, ARTIST

I have been abroad and I know that in Europe they are using nuclear energy to purify water and for other things.

Therefore, it is our right to have this technology as well to use for peaceful means; although in other countries they use it for atomic bombs and drop it on our heads.



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