Press Conference with Ahmadinejad on Nuclear Issues (Excerpts)

April 24, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

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President criticizes Western governments for hostility to Iran

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday criticized the Western governments for having adopted a hostile attitude towards Iran immediately after victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. In a press conference attended by domestic and foreign reporters, he said that gone is the time for making use of nuclear bombs and the contemporary era is the period of wisdom, honesty and intellect. Addressing Western governments, the president questioned: "Why did you support Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in invading Iran immediately after victory of the Islamic Revolution?" "Why do you launch propaganda campaign against Iranian nuclear program while you know well that it is for civilian purpose?" "It is surprising that foreign media have intensified propaganda campaign against Iran while their own political leaders have admitted that they have been mistaken in dealing with Iran."

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Iran-President -Nuclear Iran against any kind of chemical, biological, nuclear weapons

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Monday that Tehran is against any kind of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons and considers them as contrary to the culture of divine prophets and detrimental to the society. The president told domestic and foreign reporters that 'Tehran is after peace and tranquility for all'. The message of the Iranian nation to the world people is an invitation to them to embrace the culture of the divine prophets. "I will write to a number of heads of states in the near future and discuss with them several issues. "We should refer to the culture of prophets in order that peace, tranquility and prosperity would be achieved for the entire humanity," said the president.

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President : Western states unlikely to initiate economic sanctions on Iran

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that it is unlikely that Western states would press ahead with the unwise plan of economic sanctions on Iran since it will be a grave mistake and will backfire. Responding to a question by reporter from London-based Independent, who asked whether economic sanctions would create obstacles for his government in handling the national economy, President Ahmadinejad said, "I think even the two or three states which are vehemently against Iran will not make such a grave mistake. "Any restrictions against Iran will backfire. Iran has robust economy based on strong infrastructure. We've not achieved our national strength from them so as to lose if they create obstacles for us. "Thanks God, Iran is a rich state with necessary mechanisms to safeguard national interests. Iranian technicians, scientists, designers and thinkers advocate self-sufficiency in all domains. So, Iran pays no heed of any possible economic sanctions."

President: Iran ready to talk to all world countries

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Monday Iran is ready to talk to all world countries but negotiation with anybody has its own conditions. "For instance, with Russia that we are working together, we can talk easily. Talks with China, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the US have their own conditions," Ahmadinejad told domestic and foreign reporters. "If these conditions are met, we will negotiate," said the president.

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President: Iran keen to expand ties with Russia

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that Iran-Russia relations are friendly and expressed interest in the expansion of such ties. Speaking to domestic and foreign media, the president said that the Russians are now constructing Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant and hoped that the project will be completed on schedule by the end of the current year. "In general, Russia's approach towards Iran has so far been friendly and acceptable, which we wish will continue," he added. In response to a question on ambiguities about the government's performance, he said that his attention to development and economic issues makes him almost disregard cultural matters, in particular those pertaining to the educated. He added that the government's decisions in this respect are quite correct. Replying to another question about his firm approach to foreign policy particularly on nuclear issue and his being considered to have a warmongering attitude, he said, "We should be decisive in expressing ourselves. We believe that others should also decisively voice their views if they have something proper to say. "We are also ready for dialogue. Given our firm belief in what we say, we express our view firmly. We cannot remain impartial to atrocities." Ahmadinejad responded to those few individuals who called on Iran to give up the nuclear fuel cycle by saying, "We have the right to question them."

President downplays possibility of military attack on Iran

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday downplayed the possibility of any military attack against Iran and said that such an action will be meaningless since Iran will strongly defend itself and the enemy will not venture to take such an action. "They know that such an action is dangerous for themselves. They even do not dare to talk about military action, because they know how detrimental such a practice will be. If they make such a mistake, the situation will further worsen for them. "Any military action on Iran will draw their economic and social situation to a disaster. They only can embark on threats over media networks in order to exert pressure on Iran. Such a threat is futile for Iran." He said Iranian nuclear program is for civilian purpose and Iran is ready to enter into partnership with all states which possess nuclear technology. Responding to a question on uranium enrichment and whether Iran would make enrichment over the five percent, President Ahmadinejad said that Iran does not need to enrich uranium above five percent. Iran only needs fuel which would be available with 3.5 to five percent enrichment and nothing else. "We need fuel for our power plants. Our entire program is geared to fuel production, that's all," the president declared.

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President dismisses Western call to halt uranium enrichment

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday dismissed calls by Western states to halt uranium enrichment to produce fuel for power plants. He said that Iranian nuclear program conforms to Non-Proliferation Treaty and Safeguards Agreement of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and no power can deprive Iran of its legitimate right as envisaged by international treaty. "Our nuclear program is transparent to the extent that when we managed to enrich uranium to produce fuel at laboratory level, we declared it to the entire world. We have nothing to hide." He said that Iran is an IAEA member state and is paying its membership fees every year, but, the agency did not provide Iran with any technical assistance. "If the UN nuclear agency creates problems for Iran, Iranian officials would be obliged to rethink continued membership of the agency. If we reach the conclusion that three years of intrusive examination of Iranian sites by IAEA was useless, we may reconsider our membership with the agency," he said.

Ahmadinejad: Iran not obliged to abide by any UNSC resolution

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Monday at a press conference that Iran is not obliged to abide by any UN Security Council resolution. Ahmadinejad made the comment in response to Agance France Press reporter's question, adding, "We have announced repeatedly that Iran is not after crisis generation and we do not want to cause worries for anyone either, but we expect the UN to act based on regulations." The President stressed, "The UNSC has issued many resolutions against Israel so far, none of which has ever been heeded." He said, "We make our decisions based on international rules and regulations and in the framework of our national interests; we favor holding negotiations, are not after oppressing any other nation, and would not yield to being oppressed by others." In response to AP reporter's question about Russia's proposal, Ahmadinejad said, "The Russian proposal dates back to six months ago, but today the situation has changed a lot. Of course we have broad scale cooperation with Russia, and we would continue cooperating with them in various fields." IRNA asked the President about Mohammad-Reza Nahavandian's trip to Washington. Ahmadinejad said, "Many people take trips to different countries, and many others come to Iran. Some of those trips are for private reasons and some for other objectives." The American CBS network's reporter asked President Ahmadinejad whether there was anything the world could do to convince Iran to abandon its enrichment program. Ahmadinejad responded her with the question whether there was anything we could give US to abandon its independence. The CBS reporter continued, "The nations definitely have numerous rights, but they sometimes prefer not to take advantage of some of them." President Ahmadinejad said, "We have rights and insist on taking advantage of them, too. You have not given us this technology to be permitted to ask us to give it back to you. All you should do is to let the Iranian nation live its life." "We have achieved this technological success, needless of outsiders to give it to us, and we thank God for this, because if they had given us a bit of it, we would have been indebted to them. The Iranian nation has acquired this technology all by itself and is determined to safeguard it," he said. In response to Italian daily Couriera de la Sera's question, "Why are you after acquiring nuclear energy, when your country has natural oil and gas," he said, "That is the most illogical question one can ask! It is just like asking you why you refine again the refined oil you buy from us? "That, too, is a very illogical question. You, too, have natural resources. But you should know that the fossil fuels are non-renewable."

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