Ahmadinejad: World pressure can´t deter Iran (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 04/09/12)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that Iran would
continue on its nuclear path even if the whole world stands up to it,
Iran´s state-run IRNA news agency reported.
Speaking at an event marking the country´s "Nuclear Technology Day,"
Ahmadinejad said Iran would defend its dignity and not bow to enemy
pressure, IRNA reported.
He added that "enemies" should not think assassinating nuclear
scientists would block its nuclear progress.
With critical talks on the Iranian nuclear program set to begin
Friday, Tehran already rejected two key demands on Sunday by the
world’s powers: Closing the Fordow underground uranium enrichment
facility near Qom and stopping the enrichment of uranium to 20
Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency,
called the Western diplomats’ demands “irrational,” according to AFP.
AFP quoted Davani as saying in an interview with the Iranian ISNA
news agency that the Fordow facility had to be built underground
because of the West’s threats to attack the Islamic Republic’s
“If they do not threaten us and guarantee that no aggression will
occur, then there would be no need for countries to build facilities
underground. They should change their behavior and language,” he said.
Davani added that Iran would continue to produce uranium enriched to
20%, but not “more than we need, because it is not in our benefit to
produce it and keep it.”
Herb Keinon and Yaakov Katz contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011,
The Jerusalem Post 04/09/12)
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