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17:27 | 2012-10-02


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Ahmadinejad: Iran Not to Give Up N. Rights

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stressed that the Iranian nation would not give up even an iota of its nuclear rights.

Speaking to reporters here in Tehran on Tuesday, Ahmadinejad deplored the West's policy of pressure against Iran, and said, "If somebody thinks that he can bring the Iranian nation to the negotiating table and (to the resumption of) relations through ill temper and pressure, he is definitely wrong."

"If they have such expectation, they should change their method and correct their behavior," Ahmadinejad underscored.

Responding to a question about Iran's possible retreatment from nuclear rights, Ahmadinejad said, "What do you mean by Iran, Ahmadinejad or the Iranian nation? Neither the nation nor Ahmadinejad is of the type that retreats."

Iran says its nuclear program is a peaceful drive to produce electricity so that the world's fourth-largest crude exporter can sell more of its oil and gas abroad. Tehran also stresses that the country is pursuing a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

The US and its western allies allege that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program while they have never presented corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations against the Islamic Republic.

Iran is under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.

Iran has so far ruled out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the NPT would encourage the world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West's hardline stance on Tehran.