Iran will reject illegal, incorrect decisions: President
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Jakarta, May 10, IRNA
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Wednesday that Iran will not accept any illegal or incorrect decisions made by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) or the UN Security Council on the country's nuclear program.
Ahmadinejad, who arrived in Jakarta at the head of a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, made the remark at a press conference with his Indonesian counterpart, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The press conference was held after first round of talks between the two presidents and conclusion of several documents on 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-sized enterprises.
"The Iranian nation has made its decision. It will defend its rights and will never give up its rights," Ahmadinejad said in response to a question on Iran's reaction to future decisions of the Security Council on Iran's nuclear case.
"Iranians are strong enough to defend their rights but we should also stress that resistance of the Iranian nation will not be only a defense for Iran rather for all independent states including Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt and other Muslim countries," the Iranian president said.
He praised wise support of the Indonesian government and nation for Iran's rights, saying, "Resistance of the Iranian people is a defense for the rights of all nations. Each state which thinks of dignity and independence will support the Iranian nation.
"Iran's nuclear activities have been based on the
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The Islamic Republic of Iran is the only country whose nuclear activities are transparent.
"The IAEA inspectors have conducted more than 2,000 persons/day inspections at Iran's nuclear facilities."
Ahmadinejad added, "Enemies are never concerned about our nuclear activities and any diversion in this regard. It is a big lie. They have no concerns about nuclear activities of any country.
"They, themselves, have non-peaceful nuclear program and develop it day by day. On the other hand, they have equipped certain states in the Middle East with nuclear weapons.
"This shows they have no concerns about nuclear activities." He said, "They are concerned about development and progress of the Iranian nation. They intend to monopolize technology and sell it to other states at a high price.
"The enemies are not interested in independence of countries." The president stressed, "All countries have the right to enjoy sciences and technology. The IAEA regulations provide this right to states.
"The Iranian people will not only defend its rights but defend the rights of all countries."
Asked about his recent letter to US President George W Bush, he replied, "We sent a letter and raised important issues. Now we are waiting for reaction of the opposite side to the letter." 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.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Monday handed Ahmadinejad's letter to the Swiss embassy, which handles US interests in Iran.
President Ahmadinejad assessed as "very good and growing" ties with Indonesia, adding, "The visit is taking place to cement bilateral ties and discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interests.
"Iran regards Indonesia as its friend and is ready to bolster relations with Jakarta in all fields.
"We believe the two countries enjoy great potentials for expansion of cooperation."
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