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      Cotonou, Benin, 7 Jumadil Akhir 1434/16 April 2013 (MINA) – Ahmadinejad says on Monday (15/4) while on a tour of west Africa  that Iran doesn’t need atomic bomb and calls its nuclear program as a peaceful energy.

     “We don’t need an atomic bomb. … And besides, it is not atomic bombs that threaten the world, but Western morals and culture declining in values,” Ahmadinejad affirmed, Ahram reported as monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).

       In the first stop on a three-nation tour, when his visit in Benin, Ahmadinejad called nuclear energy a “divine gift” providing affordable electricity.

      “They accuse Iran, like all nations that seek to rapidly find their way out of the current domination,” the Iranian leader said through an interpreter in a speech at a Benin university, West Africa.

      All this time, Western powers accused Tehran of covertly developing the capacity to produce a nuclear bomb, but Iran denies this and confirms its programme is for energy and medical purposes.

      Arrived in Benin on Sunday night, Ahmadinejad was due later Monday to travel to neighbouring Niger, one of the world’s top producers of uranium.

      AFP reported Iran needs uranium for its nuclear programme, but Benin’s foreign minister has insisted that uranium was not on the agenda for his Benin visit.

       Talks in Benin were to focus particularly on energy, agriculture and education, Benin officials have said.

Ahmadinejad will travel to Ghana on Tuesday following his visit to Niger for the final leg of the tour. (T/P03/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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