Ahmadinejad defends Holocaust remark, stance on West

May 28th, 2009 - 11:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, May 28 (DPA) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday vowed not to make any compromise with the West and defended his remarks against Israel and on the Holocaust.
“We will never surrender to bullying powers, and those who think that we might make any compromise and give in to Western pressures and psychological war are badly mistaken,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech in Tehran.

Ahmadinejad is being harshly criticised by his three rivals in the June 12 presidential election - Mir-Hossein Moussavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Mohsen Rezaei - for having pushed Iran toward renewed international isolation with what they have called his “adventurous” foreign policies.

The three candidates especially blamed Ahmadinejad for his uncompromising stance in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programmes and the president’s tirades against Israel and questioning the Holocaust during World War II.

“The West has taken the issue of the Holocaust to expose a hypocritical innocence and suppress nations, but I have effectively attacked this weak point of the West,” Ahmadinejad countered. “Where is the adventurism in this policy?”

Remarks by Ahmadinejad such as eradicating Israel from the Middle East, relocating the Jewish state to Europe and the United States and questioning the historic dimensions of the Holocaust caused widespread international condemnation.

The president, who is seeking a second four-year term in next month’s vote, also rejected any compromise with world powers in the nuclear dispute.

“The West was trying to impose its demands on Iran and wanted lengthy negotiations to allow us a few centrifuges, but we did it our way, and the result is that we now have 7,000 centrifuges and nobody even dares to threaten us anymore,” Ahmadinejad said.

Ahmadinejad on Monday rejected any further nuclear negotiations with world powers and said any talks would be only with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The so-called 5+1 states - Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany - have reportedly called on Iran to give at least signals of readiness to resume nuclear talks on the freeze-for-freeze basis.

The freeze-for-freeze basis would oblige Iran to freeze its uranium-enrichment programmes and in return the UN Security Council would freeze further sanctions against Iran.

If Tehran rejects the demand, then the 5+1 would reportedly go on with what US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called “crippling sanctions.”

The 5+1 is also said not to be willing to wait until the June 12 election for talks, which could be delayed until at least autumn if a new president is elected.

Ahmadinejad, however, said Iran would neither allow outsiders to impose any time schedule on Iran nor make any concession in the nuclear dispute, including the freeze-for-freeze framework.

“Our nuclear programme is transparent and in line with nuclear non-proliferation and IAEA regulations, and there is no need for talks with anyone outside relevant organisations,” the president said.

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