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President Ahmadinejad attends press briefing

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 18, IRNA
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke to journalists here on Saturday following his speech at the 60 ordinary meeting of the UN General Assembly.

In the press conference attended by over 100 reporters from different countries, Ahmadinejad thanked efforts made by the UN chief Kofi Annan to properly manage the summit meeting in the world body.

Underlining the essential role of the UN in this era, he referred to "classification of nations" by international conspirators as a major event in the contemporary world, terming it as a grave threat to peace, security and future of the world.

Ahmadinejad stressed that the domineering states by uttering beautiful and sacred words such as human rights in order to secure their own interests.

He added that the the UN should confront double standards practiced by the arrogant powers and defend the rights of all nations worldwide.

He stressed that the UN success hinges on its overall defense of all nations.

Asked why Iran should use nuclear energy while it possesses huge oil reserves, he replied that the fossil energies are limited, adding that there are many countries with much more oil reserves than Iran's which make use of dozens of nuclear power stations.

Elsewhere in his press briefing in the UN, the Iranian president said he has never used language of threat against others, and he is, on the contrary, a supporter of nations' rights.

He said his straightforward and frank viewpoints put forward in international arena are based on the power of the Iranian nation.

He asserted that while Iran does not welcome dangers and problems, it will however insist on restoration of its rights.

During the press conference, he repeatedly said that Iran's nuclear activities are within IAEA regulations and NPT provisions.

Ahmadinejad said that Iran has the most transparent nuclear activity in the world and that the UN nuclear body has already made 1200 man/day visits to Iran's nuclear facilities.

He added that Iran has so far presented over 1,300 documents to the nuclear agency.

The Iranian president also declined to answer a question posed by an Israeli TV station during the press conference.

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