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Decisions on Iran's N-case without legitimacy if not based on int'l laws: President

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Baku, May 6, IRNA
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Friday that any decision made by international bodies on Iran's nuclear case not in accordance with international laws and regulations will not have any legitimacy.

The president spoke to reporters at a press briefing prior to his departure from the Azeri capital Friday evening after attending the 9th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization.

"International organizations are established to defend the rights of nations. They should not act as a translator for two or three countries. If they do so, they will not be able to play their real and crucial role," said the president.

Stressing that Iran has always observed international laws and regulations in its nuclear activities, Ahmadinejad warned those organizations not to "try to restrict our nuclear programs for we will change our policy in accordance with their restrictions." "International bodies have to decide based on international laws," Ahmadinejad said in clear reference to the United Nations Security Council which is due to make a decision on Iran's nuclear case within the coming weeks under intense pressure from the US, Britain and France.

"If laws are followed, we are ready to cooperate with everyone," Ahmadinejad said.

"There are two or three countries that are opposed to the progress of other nations and strongly believe that any ountry that seeks progress should first get their permission," he said.

"Their approach are against all international laws and no country will accept their arguments which are not based on these laws," he added.

The president further argued that those countries he referred to were themselves producers of nuclear energy and even nuclear warfare but insist other countries should not even have civilian nuclear energy.

"If the nuclear fuel cycle is bad they (the two or three countries) should not have it, and if it is good why should we be banned from it?" asked the president, who reiterated that Iran's nuclear program was purely for civilian purposes.



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