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Iran will reject illegal, faulty decisions: President

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Jakarta, May 10, IRNA
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Wednesday that Iran will reject decisions of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) or UN Security Council on its nuclear programs which it believes are against international law, rules or regulations.

Ahmadinejad, who arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, at the head of a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, made the remarks at a press conference with his Indonesian counterpart, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The press conference was called after the two presidents held their first round of talks and several documents were signed by the two sides for cooperation in various fields in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The documents signed included one on executive cooperation in the fields of cultural exchange and immigration for the years 2006-2008 and three memoranda of understanding in the areas of energy, power generation as well as small and medium business.

"The Iranian nation has decided. It will defend and never renounce its rights," Ahmadinejad said in response to a question on how Iran would take future decisions of the Security Council on its nuclear case.

"Iranians are strong enough to defend their rights, but it should also be stressed here that resistance of the Iranian nation will not only be for Iran but for all independent-minded states including Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt and other Muslim countries," the Iranian president said.

He praised the wise stand taken by the Indonesian government and nation on Iran's nuclear activities, saying the "resistance of the Iranian people is in defense of the rights of all nations," adding that "any state that values dignity and independence will logically support the Iranian nation."
The president, who reiterated that Iran's nuclear activities were conducted under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), said that the Islamic Republic of Iran was the only country that opened all its nuclear activities to inspection by the UN's nuclear watchdog.

"IAEA inspectors have conducted more than 2,000 persons/day inspections on Iran's nuclear facilities," he pointed out.

The truth is, Ahmadinejad contended, "enemies are not concerned about our nuclear activities or any diversion in this regard. This is a big lie. They have no concerns also over the nuclear activities of any country."
He said it is understandable that countries which "have non- peaceful nuclear programs which they upgrade day by day and provide certain states in the Middle East with the means to produce nuclear weapons have no concerns over nuclear the nuclear activities" of others.

What really bothers these states is that through access to nuclear technology the Iranian nation would progress and achieve development, Ahmadinejad pointed out.

"They intend to monopolize technology and sell it to other states at a high price," he added.

He said the enemies are afraid of countries that exert their independence, knowing "all countries have the right to progress through access to science and technology."
He pointed out that the NPT itself guarantees the right of states to access nuclear technology.

"The Iranian people will not only defend their rights but also those of all countries," he said.

Asked about the letter which he wrote to US President George W Bush on Monday, he said he had raised important issues in that letter.

"Now we are waiting for the reaction of the opposite side." Government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham announced on Monday that President Ahmadinejad had written a letter to President Bush suggesting new ways of solving the two countries' differences.

"Ahmadinejad, in his letter, also spoke of the current tense situation in the world and suggested ways of solving problems and of easing tensions," Elham said.

The president's letter was handed by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Monday to the Swiss embassy, which handles US interests in Iran.

President Ahmadinejad, who assessed ties with Indonesia as "very good and growing," said that he was visiting the world's most populous Muslim state to further strengthen bilateral ties and discuss issues of mutual interest.

"Iran regards Indonesia as a friend and is ready to bolster relations with Jakarta in all fields," he said.

"We believe the two countries enjoy great potentials for expansion of cooperation."

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