A senior aide to Iran's supreme leader on Saturday said the Iranian nuclear program is a "strategic issue" for Iran as part of Iranian "unalienable rights."

Speaking to semi-official Mehr news agency, Ali Akbar Velayati said the Iranian Islamic Republic will never give up its right and there is complete consensus on the issue.

"The nuclear issue is also a national issue, because it belongs to the future of Iran and Iranian people and we cannot bring sham for future generations by forgoing the peaceful nuclear energy technology," Mehr quoted Velayati as saying.

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