President at the inauguration ceremony of direct reduction plant:
Iranian nation unsanctionable/ We’ll negotiate anywhere necessary for nation’s interests
President described the opening major projects by Iranian experts as an effective strategy against Iranian nation’s enemies, saying, “Protecting national dignity and standing against world powers is possible with action not slogan”.
Speaking on Monday at the inauguration ceremony of direct reduction plant in Baft, Kerman, President Hassan Rouhani said, “Opening a factory with a capacity of producing 800,000 tonnes of sponge iron a year makes us happy, but what makes us twice as happy is that these factories are inaugurated under sanctions”.
The president continued, "Announcing that Iran’s rank has been promoted to the 10th place from 13th of the world in steel production in the last few years, and we have surpassed countries like France and Italy make us proud".
Referring to the accelerated inauguration of major development plans in the country, Dr Rouhani reiterated, "The fact that we can meet the country's steel requirements in many sectors and export the surplus to the world means that the Iranian nation is unsanctionable and if enemies boycott a sector, we will continue our activities in another way”.
Dr Rouhani added that today's young generation is a well-educated generation, saying, "We need to provide these young people with decent employment. There may be some jobs that we may employ non-Iranian workforce, but we need to create jobs that are proportionate to the dignity, status and education of young Iranians”.
Stating that according to officials, the number of licenses issued to establish industrial plants has increased, the President said, “This means hope, because if there were no hope, these figures would not have risen”.
The president stressed the importance of the increase in the opening of projects and the increase in licensing for construction of industrial complexes, adding, “The fact that the increase in steel production in the world is 3.5%, but Iran shows a 6.5% increase means that we have been successful in this field”.
Dr Rouhani emphasised that resistance, patience, tolerance, hard work and interaction with the world do not contradict each other, saying, “Some believe that if we resist, it means that we are mad angry with the world. And some think that talking to the world means that we are weak. But they do not know that not talking to others is in fact isolation”.
The president added, "It is not possible for an isolated country to make progress. Those who say we should not interact are in fact speaking in favour of the enemy because it means being isolated”.
"We will sit at every negotiation table if we feel it is necessary for protecting the interests of the nation,” Dr Rouhani emphasised.
“As the managers of this industrial unit say, its inauguration is due to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This is not limited to Baft Steel Factory, and we had problems finalising many industrial units around the country and many sectors because we were not allowed to import parts. But because of the JCPOA, these parts entered the country,” he said.
Dr Rouhani stated, "All that we have been able to achieve in a few years in South Pars have been as successful as the entire lifetime of the complex and the 11 phases opened was because of the JCPOA”.
The President emphasised that diplomacy, science and talking are honours for us, saying, “God has advised the Prophet of Islam to conduct affairs through science, tact, logic, wisdom and preaching and argument”.
Referring to the need to use wisdom, knowledge and tact, Dr Rouhani said, "We can achieve all our goals with our efforts, and our red line is that our national rights and dignity must be protected. Negotiating with someone to protect national interests and dignity is the way Islam and the Prophet have drawn for us”.
The President noted, “The one who violates its commitments fails and the one who stands by them is always victorious and successful”.