Iranian President Rouhani: Iran will continue nuclear program

New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Tuesday before the United Nations General Assembly that Iran intends to continue its nuclear program, which he said is in place for peaceful energy production.

"I declare here, openly and unambiguously, that, notwithstanding the positions of others, this has been, and will always be, the objective of the Islamic Republic of Iran," Rouhani said.

Rouhani, in response to a statement made by President Barack Obama, expressed his hope that Iran and the United States can move beyond their differences.

Iran's nuclear program has been on the radar as an international threat since the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency reported breaches of its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Rouhani insisted Iran's nuclear program is for the sole purpose of peaceful energy production.

"Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran's security and defense doctrine, and contradict our fundamental religious and ethical convictions," Rouhani said. "Our national interests make it imperative that we remove any and all reasonable concerns about Iran's peaceful nuclear program."

Rouhani ended his speech by expressing his faith in the future for a peaceful world.

"Notwithstanding all difficulties and challenges, I am deeply optimistic about the future," Rouhani said. "I have no doubt that the future will be bright with the entire world solidly rejecting violence and extremism."