Jul 27, 2007

Is this the excuse Bush needs?

Iran not to give up nuclear rights: Ahmadinejad
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 26,
IRNA Iran-President-IRIB-Nuclear President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Wednesday the Iranian nation would never yield to international pressure to stop its peaceful nuclear activities and give up its rights.
President Ahmadinejad made the remark in an interview with Channel 2 of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).
Iran's nuclear case is not limited to three options of timeout, further sanctions and military confrontation as considered by nuclear negotiators, he said.
"Nuclear negotiators should seek a fourth solution, namely giving us our (nuclear) right," he added.
He stated, "The three options are almost out of question ...
Their call for suspension of our nuclear activities is not legal." Ahmadinejad said, "The West has carried out whatever measure it could and will do the same in the future but it has concluded that it cannot put Iran under pressure by imposing sanctions in an effective way as it wishes." "The West thought sanctions would give a big shock to the Iranian nation.
"They (Western countries) issued two resolutions against the Iranian nation but as they admitted, Iranians continue their lives in peace and have no fear of sanctions."
"World public opinion even in European states are in Iran's favor.
We have never made bullying against any country and currently act legally," the president added.
He said more than 75 percent of people in the world have accepted Iran's peaceful nuclear right, stressing, "This is an outcome of Iranians' resistance and guidelines of the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei)."
"I think we are moving in a good direction. Acceptance of Iran's legal rights is an inevitable end to trend of Iran's nuclear case," he added.
Ahmadinejad said, "All our measures considering peaceful nuclear activities have been legal and based on ratifications of Majlis.
"Even if the number of resolutions against Iran reached 300, it cannot prevent materialization of the country's rights." He stressed, "Iran is among the world's nine nuclear states.
"Western countries are unhappy not because of Iran's fuel production but over the issue that nuclear fuel production will make Iran have a share in management of the world."
He denied that the UN resolutions had hurt Iran, saying, "Currently, we hold negotiations under circumstances that Iran has entered industrial-scale of (uranium enrichment)."
The president further stated the Iranian nation faces less problems on the path of nuclear activities in comparison with other nations, adding, "This reality is because of potentials and capabilities of the Iranians." 2327/1414

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