President Ahmadinejad says Iran has become a nuclear state

December 29th, 2010 - 1:33 am ICT by BNO News  

TEHRAN, IRAN (BNO NEWS) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday said that Iran has become a nuclear state despite international sanctions, the state-funded Press TV reported.

“The United States and its allies have been exerting political and propaganda pressure and have issued resolutions against the Iranian nation. All their efforts have failed and Iran has now become a nuclear country,” Ahmadinejad said, addressing a crowd in the northern city of Karaj.

The Iranian leader added that the international community has two options, either continuing the sanction resolutions or interacting with Iran. However, he remarked that the first option was not the right way.

“We are open to cooperation based on our rights,” President Ahmadinejad added. “They cannot give back the nuclear energy from the Iranian nation at the present that Iran has become a nuclear country.”

Iran recently concluded talks with the G5+1 group in Geneva, Switzerland, amidst international skepticism as it was believed that the meetings would not last a single day. However, Iranian officials said the talks were held under a positive and constructive atmosphere and agreed to hold additional meetings in Istanbul next year.

Furthermore, the Iranian leader warned once again that his country will categorically respond to anyone who attempts to prevent the Islamic country from continuing its nuclear program, saying it has a right to do so.

The rules contained in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitles each member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment but the Islamic nation is currently under four rounds of sanctions from the UN Security Council.

The fourth round of sanctions, which were backed by the U.S., were imposed citing the proliferation risks of Iran’s nuclear program and its continued failure to comply with International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) requests.

Ahmadinejad said that the sanctions against his country were illegal and downplayed any effect it might have had in Iran. He added that the measures only strengthen the country and accelerate the progress.

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