Ahmadinejad: ElBaradei Informed of Iran's Decision to Resume Nuclear Research

January 4, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a letter had been sent to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei informing him of Iran's decision to resume its nuclear research activities.

The president, who made the disclosure at a joint Cabinet-Majlis session on Tuesday, stressed that Iran felt no restrictions on its right to resume nuclear research activities, adding that the results of the most comprehensive diplomatic efforts ever taken by his government to clear up the nuclear issue would soon be laid bare to all.

Saying Iran was pursuing a dynamic foreign diplomacy, he said, and "it was perfectly aware of its own strengths and the concerns of the international community." He blasted hypocritical states "who have set up secret prisons in their countries while insisting on acting as prosecutors of human rights in a country which has seen scores of its leaders and thousands its citizens assassinated by terrorists supported by these states." The president noted that "the very same countries which supplied Iran's enemies with chemical weapons and lauded their criminal acts now make it appear as though they were the policemen of human rights violations, a role not even the most unbiased observer would attribute to them." Referring to the crimes that are unceasingly being committed against the Palestinian nation by the occupying regime, he said those who believe that the Holocaust did occur in history should pay for it from their own pockets because they have not earned the right to exert leadership in international bodies after having lost their credibility.

Blasting Western countries, Ahmadinejad said, "You have committed too many crimes and cannot, therefore, defend justice in the world" as shown by "your condonation of the holocaust that is being committed in Palestine and continuing support for the oppressors." He stressed that Iran will not be threatened by the flurry of issues the West was raising against it because their motives were obvious and their credibility eroded.

Ahmadinejad expressed surprise at how the West responded to his suggestion that "the Zionist regime be moved to a place nearer its sponsors," asking, "How could they presume that the regime would be at peace in a region and beside people whose lands it has usurped?" He said Iran's proposed solution to the Palestinian issue was quite clear, that is, that all Palestinians should be allowed to decide the government they wanted through a referendum.

Unfortunately, he said, instead of giving a clear response to Iran's proposal they have tried to portray Iran as an enemy of peace in the Middle East.

He continued by saying that the nuclear issue has come to the fore because the West suspects Iran's intentions in its nuclear programs, but glosses over its genocide and huge arsenals of nuclear weapons that can be used against nations at will while pressing Iran to abandon its peaceful nuclear activities.

Stressing that Iran has no need for nuclear weapons, he said Iran nonetheless had the undeniable right to pursue nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, a right guaranteed under international law, and regretfully added that the West "has failed to really know the Iranian people, government and Majlis." Referring to the letter sent by his government to IAEA chief Mohammed ElBaradei informing him of Tehran's decision to restore nuclear research activities, he said that the decision was in line with the need to defend the national interest and more pressing than the threats of enemies.

President Ahmadinejad went on to underline the importance of cooperation and coordination between parliament and government which, he said, had common aspirations and concerns that should move them to strengthen their collaboration.