Iranian leader warns against new sanctions
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday warned that his country would cut off any talks about its nuclear program if the United Nations adopts new sanctions against it, DPA reported.
"I have said that the US government and its allies are so mistaken that if they think they can brandish the stick of [a sanctions] resolution and then sit down to talk with us; such a thing will not happen," the Iranian leader told a news conference in Istanbul.
Ahmadinejad is visiting Turkey for a two-day regional security conference that is also being attended by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
The Iranian leader called any new sanctions a "big mistake" and suggested the world community reconsider its rejection of a nuclear fuel swap deal recently brokered by Turkey and Brazil.
Washington has been pushing for a new round of sanctions against Iran because of lingering doubts over the intentions of its nuclear program.