Iran’s president warns against ‘new game’ in nuclear dispute

February 22nd, 2008 - 3:00 pm ICT by admin  

Tehran, Feb 22 (DPA) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned the world powers against a “new game” in their nuclear dispute with his country, the Fars news agency reported Friday. “Put an end to this game, but if you want to start a new game, you should know that if our nation decides something, then it will definitely be put into practice without the slightest concession,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

The warning by the Iranian president came just before the presentation Friday of the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran’s nuclear projects.

Tehran is confident that IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei’s report would be positive and confirm its claims that it is pursuing only civilian and peaceful nuclear programmes.

Ahead of the IAEA report, Britain and France delivered a new draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council, calling on additional sanctions against Iran for defying international demands to suspend its uranium-enrichment programmes. Highly enriched uranium can be used to produce nuclear weapons.

“The era that world powers violate Iran’s rights through intimidation and deception is definitely over,” said Ahmadinejad, adding that regardless of how strong the world powers’ pressure would be, the “nation’s will” to proceed with its nuclear activities would be stronger.

Ahmadinejad further charged the reformist administration of his predecessor Mohammad Khatami of having given in to “worthless meetings and ransom-like concessions instead of defending the nation’s rights.”

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