Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said European nations risk damaging their ties with Iran by supporting the US in the dispute over the country’s nuclear program. “If you want to cooperate with our enemy, we won’t be able to react in a friendly manner anymore,” Ahmadinejad said today during a visit to a petrochemical complex at Assaluyeh, in Iran’s southern Bushehr province.
“You know very well what would happen to economic equations if we show a serious reaction,” he added.
Ahmadinejad told employees at the petrochemical plant that sanctions would “yield no results” on his country, and enforcing US-driven measures would damage European economies.
“The meaning of the sanctions is to spend from the purse of others. American companies have no business with Iran, so who are they putting sanctions on? The poor European countries,” Ahmadinejad said.
“Until when do you want to play the card for the selfishness of an aggressive government?” Ahmadinejad said today, referring to certain European countries. “You know that we are able to react. In the economy, you need us more than we do you.”
Iran is under the United Nations sanctions for refusing to give up its right of enriching uranium. The Islamic Republic denies US allegations that it’s trying to build an atomic bomb and says it wants the technology in order to generate electricity.
The International Atomic Energy Agency’s emphasis on the fact that there is no proof Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons.
Security Council members and Germany, Iran’s largest European trading partner, are scheduled to meet tomorrow in London to discuss a possible third round of UN measures.
Tomorrow’s London meeting of members of the Security Council and Germany was confirmed by US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns today in Vienna, where he is scheduled to meet ElBaradei.