President: Iranians will insist on their legal rights
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Arak, Markazi Prov, May 17, IRNA
The Iranian nation will insist on their legal rights and will not submit to threats or worthless incentives, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Wednesday.
Addressing a large crown in a stadium in the central city of Arak, the president said Iran will not withdraw an iota from its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
He warned big powers of deciding in a way that would discredit the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and "convince members to end their membership in the agency."
President Ahmadinejad stressed that the Iranian nation "will in no way give up its peaceful nuclear activities as it once did in the past three years and is determined not to repeat this bitter experience."
"If Iran is made to halt its nuclear activities and be subjected to new inspections, other states should also be made to stop their nuclear activities," said the president.
He stressed that the era of bullying was over and warned powers which try to impose their ideas on others that they "will sustain utmost damage."
Referring to a letter which he sent to his US counterpart on May 8, Ahmadinejad said that his letter offered US officials "a historic opportunity on behalf of the Iranian nation."
Reminding his listeners that history has been one of the best teachers of mankind, the president said that those "who have distanced themselves from the teachings of the Divine Prophets would be severely punished by God."
Ahmadinejad and his cabinet members arrived in this central city Wednesday morning for a two-day visit.
His visit is part of his program of meeting local residents and getting to know their problems firsthand.
After he finished his speech, he left the city for the city of Shazand in the southeastern part of the province.
On the first day of his two-day trip to this central province, he is expected to visit the cities of Khomein (birthplace of the late Imam Khomeini, Father of the Islamic Revolution), Delijan and Mahalaat.
The president's current visit is his 13th to various provinces of the country.
Markazi province, situated about 300 kilometers southwest of the capital Tehran, has a population of about 1.5 million.
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