Iran’s Rights not up for Debate

A03075061.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Ahmadinejad said Iran is willing to negotiate about nuclear issues but talks over intrinsic national rights are pointless.

According to press tv, the President made the remarks alongside the families of war veterans in the holy city of Mashhad at the center of the Razavi Khorasan Province in eastern Iran.

Ahmadinejad said that the influential world powers are more afraid of Iranian pride and self-respect than the nuclear development in the country which is nothing but a lame excuse.

The hegemonic powers are not afraid of terrorists because terrorism is rooted within them and they are the masterminds of international terrorism, he stated.

The Iranian chief executive noted that the issuance of resolutions, economic sanctions, political propaganda and military threats against Iran are all doomed to fail.

Ahmadinejad concluded that even if these so-called world superpowers ganged up on Iran using all their combined political and economic force, the Islamic Republic would not surrender.

The US is at loggerheads with Iran over Tehran’s independent and home-grown nuclear technology. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.

Washington’s push for additional UN penalties contradicted the recent report by 16 US intelligence bodies that endorsed the civilian nature of Iran’s programs. Following the US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) and similar reports by the IAEA head – one in November and the other one in February – which praised Iran’s truthfulness about key aspects of its past nuclear activities and announced settlement of outstanding issues with Tehran, any effort to impose further sanctions on Iran seemed to be completely irrational.

The February report by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, praised Iran’s cooperation in clearing up all of the past questions over its nuclear program, vindicating Iran’s nuclear program and leaving no justification for any new UN sanctions.

Tehran says it never worked on atomic weapons and wants to enrich uranium merely for civilian purposes, including generation of electricity, a claim substantiated by the NIE and IAEA reports.

Iran has insisted it would continue enriching uranium because it needs to provide fuel to a 300-megawatt light-water reactor it is building in the southwestern town of Darkhovin as well as its first nuclear power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr.

Not only many Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but also many other world nations have called the UN Security Council pressure unjustified, especially in the wake of recent IAEA reports saying Iran had increased cooperation with the agency.

US President George W. Bush, who finished a tour of the Middle East in winter has called on his Arab allies to unite against Iran.

But hosting officials of the regional nations dismissed Bush’s allegations, describing Tehran as a good friend of their countries.

Bush’s attempt to rally international pressure against Iran has lost steam due to the growing international vigilance, specially following the latest IAEA and US intelligence reports.

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