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Nation will change enemy pressures to opportunities: President

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 20, IRNA -- Nation is committed to change enemy's pressures and limitations to opportunities, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here on Thursday.

He made the remarks in a meeting with provincial governors general.

'The Government is committed to continue serving the nation till the last moment; since Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the most inspiring regimes in the world, stronger presence of the Iranian people in the upcoming 2013 presidential elections can change the national and international equations in favor of Tehran and result in greater isolation of its enemies.'

Ahmadinejad noted that despite the enemy's pressures and sanctions which aim to affect the Iranian economy, the government will turn these challenges into opportunities like when the 8-year of Iraq imposed war against Iran became a positive factor in rebuilding the country and attaining self-reliance.

Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar had also a lecture to the meeting and warned about enemy's plots to disappoint people, adding that 'The Iranian nation will withstand the enemy's pressures.'

'Enemies are worried about the Iranian nation's progress in various international arenas and they have provocative plots to disappoint people.'

Despite the massive sanctions imposed by enemies, the Islamic Republic of Iran has undoubtedly been able to make remarkable progresses in different fields by relying on its domestic knowledge and human resources.

Washington and its western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed the West's demand as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.

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