Iran will not take one step back on nuclear issue: Ahmadinejad

Iran Materials 26 May 2007 14:57 (UTC +04:00)

( IRNA ) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Saturday that world powers should know Iran will not take even one step back from its peaceful nuclear activities.

President Ahmadinejad was addressing local residents of Naeen city on the third day of his five-day provincial tour of Isfahan.

"All world powers should know the Iranian nation has made its decision to take its brilliant and honorable course of progress and development," he said.

He added that world powers cannot force the Iranian nation withdraw from its rights.

"Iranians advocate logic and negotiations. They are not demanding something more than their legitimate rights," he said. "The Iranian people will not let anyone violate one iota of their rights." Ahmadinejad stated that the Iranian nation needs no one to develop its country and that it would build Iran and make it stand "on top of peaks of international dignity."

He said under Islamic instructions, Iran will resist against bullying and will not yield to force.

"Despite the view held by certain individuals, defense of nuclear rights of the nation is not extremism. The Iranian nation will wisely resist against anyone who intends to succumb to extremism," head of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) further stated.

The president's current visit to Isfahan province is his 28th to various provinces of the country since the start of his initiative of bringing the government closer to the people.