Ahmadinejad: Iran is now a nuclear state
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has downplayed sanction resolutions against the Islamic Republic, saying Iran has now become a nuclear country, Press TV reported.
The United States and its allies have been exerting political and propaganda pressure and have issued resolutions against the Iranian nation. All their efforts have failed and Iran has now become a nuclear country, President Ahmadinejad said the in an address to the people of the northern city of Karaj on Tuesday.
The Iranian chief executive further added that world powers have two options in dealing with the Iranian nation, saying they can either go ahead with their previous path of issuing sanctions against the Islamic Republic or interact with the Islamic Republic.
"The result of the first approach is already clear. It is not the right way," he noted.
The Iranian president emphasized that cooperation and not confrontation is the only way to resolve Iran's nuclear energy program.
He also pointed out that Western powers should cooperate with the Islamic Republic and recognize the right of the Iranian nation.
"We are open to cooperation based on our rights," he went on to say.
The Iranian chief executive also dismissed the sanctions resolutions passed by the United Nations against Iran as "illegal" and added that sanctions would only "strengthen the Iranian nation and accelerate the pace of our progress."