Ahmadinejad: Iran will "never ever" compromise in nuclear dispute

Iran Materials 20 February 2008 13:13 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - Days before the release of the latest report by the United Nations nuclear watchdog on Iran's nuclear programmes, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday said Iran would "never ever" make any compromise in the nuclear dispute with world powers.

"The Iranian nation considers pursuing its nuclear energy projects as its irrevocable right and will never ever make any compromise in this dispute with the world powers," Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech in the southern Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.

"We violate nobody's rights but not allow anybody to violate ours, either. As far as we are concerned, the nuclear issue is closed and there is no justification anymore for further political ballyhoo," he added.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected to Friday present its latest report on Iran's nuclear projects after Iranian Vice-President and Atomic Energy Organization chief Gholam- Reza Aqazadeh provided the body with the required data on past and present activities in the field.

Ahmadinejad said that the report would once again prove that Iran's nuclear projects were peaceful and fully in line with international regulations.

"If there were still any controversies, then the IAEA is the best and most relevant body to clarify them. If the superpowers still have any claims, they should address the IAEA (and not Iran)," Ahmadinejad said.

The five UN Security Council members plus Germany might adopt a new resolution, including further financial sanctions, against Iran for rejecting the UN demand to suspend uranium enrichment.

"If another resolution is adopted, then the powers would have to face (the fury) of the Iranian nation," Ahmadinejad warned.

The populist Iranian president praised Iranians' resistance to "illegal Western demands" for the country to end its nuclear programme and described the resistance as even more important than nuclear technology itself.

"Besides the nuclear programmes, the Iranian people's resistance against all pressures is the main reason for the world powers' anger," he said.

Tehran has warned several times that in the case of another UN resolution, the Islamic state would show a "serious reaction" and revise its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.

Iran has signalled that if the Iranian nuclear dossier was returned from the UN Security Council in New York to the IAEA in Vienna, it will resume implementation of the IAEA Additional Protocol which allows for snap inspections of nuclear sites.