'West should accept powerful Iran' - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
As Iran and world major powers plan to hold multifaceted talks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged the P5+1 to accept logic of the Islamic Republic, Press TV reported.
"Iran has presented its proposals to the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the US plus Germany -- within the framework of a package based on dialogue on equal conditions. They should accept logic and laws," ISNA quoted President Ahmadinejad as speaking to the people of the northwestern city of Qazvin in a live televised interview.
He said Iran believes that its nuclear case has been closed, adding, "Moves by enemies have no impact on the nuclear issue. They are mistaken."
"Iran is a big country and the Iranians are a very strong nation but they are so proud and self-centered that do not want to accept this issue," he stated.
President Ahmadinejad said like P5+1 Iran can make decisions about different issues and added that the negotiating sides do not intend to resolve issues and "merely seek to establish dominance over others through taking concessions from each other."
"Iran has turned into an international power due to its resistance against enemies," the Iranian chief executive said and added that Iran's nuclear case has been stabilized.
The date and venue for Iran's talks with the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the US plus Germany -- were announced on Tuesday in a letter sent by the office of Saeed Jalili, the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC).
"In a today letter by the Head of the Office of Dr. Jalili, the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to his counterpart Lady Ashton's office, it has been announced [sic] Iran's proposed date and place for talks, based of [sic] Dr. Jalili letter of July 6, 2010 to Lady Ashton," read a statement by the SNSC, a copy of which was obtained by Press TV.
Following Jalili's letter, the office of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton confirmed receipt of the letter and said the P5+1 would respond to Iran soon.
Earlier on Wednesday, President Ahmadinejad said the Islamic Republic would never negotiate on its absolute rights.
"Iran is ready to hold talks based on an equal footing to help settle ongoing problems, ease international concerns and establish peace and security in the world," the Iranian president said.