Iran Nuclear NewsIran says more sanctions won't stop nuclear work

Iran says more sanctions won’t stop nuclear work


Reuters: Iran’s president on Saturday told major powers considering United Nations sanctions they could “issue resolutions until you get tired”, making clear the country would press ahead with its disputed nuclear programme. TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s president on Saturday told major powers considering United Nations sanctions they could “issue resolutions until you get tired”, making clear the country would press ahead with its disputed nuclear programme.

But amidst a deepening standoff between Tehran and the West, Iran’s foreign minister reportedly welcomed a Swiss proposal for talks on Tehran’s atomic ambitions, even though the country has repeatedly rejected demands it halt uranium enrichment.

The West suspects Iran of pursuing atomic weapons but Tehran says it wants only to generate electricity so it can export more of its oil and gas. Two sets of U.N. sanctions have been imposed since December and major powers this week warned a third may be needed if Tehran does not halt its activities.

“They want to stop (Iran’s atomic plans) with continuous resolutions,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech to university students in the southeastern province of Kerman.

“I tell them: issue resolutions until you get tired,” he said according to the ISNA news agency.

Analysts say the measures, including arms and financial sanctions, are hurting business and deterring foreign investment in the Islamic state, which despite its oil wealth is struggling with inflation and unemployment.

Ahmadinejad, who critics accuse of isolating Iran with his anti-Western rhetoric, dismissed such concern and suggested Iran’s enemies had allies trying to undermine it from within.

“They have some people inside as well who are trying to weaken what we say and violate the market with their money so that they will be able to say these resolutions have negative impacts, while it is not true,” he said.

Iranian officials have repeatedly ruled out suspending work to enrich uranium, which can be used to fuel nuclear power plants or make atom bombs if refined further.

Western diplomats say Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator told European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana last month Tehran had no intention of fully suspending such activities.

Despite that, they say Iran is considering a Swiss proposal for a staged plan leading to a simultaneous suspension of uranium enrichment and of U.N. sanctions, which would enable talks between Iran and six world powers to begin.

An Iranian daily said on Saturday Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki had welcomed Berne’s proposal “for continued talks on Iran’s peaceful nuclear programme” when he met a Swiss envoy on the sidelines of this week’s meeting in Egypt on Iraq.

But the English-language Tehran Times did not give details on Mottaki’s views about the plan or any indication that Iran might be willing to compromise.

Latest news

After Coronavirus, Iran’s Regime Kills People Through Starvation

Multiple protests have recently erupted in various cities across Iran, following the 100 to 400 percent increase in the...

Requirements for a Simple Life in Iran; the Unattainable Dream

It is no exaggeration to say that Iran's economy is in a major freefall. All economic indicators are suggesting...

Sale of Iran’s Historical Items; Is There Anything Left To Sell?

Some of the members of the Iranian regime’s parliament have submitted a plan on the 'optimal use of antiquities...

Iran: Bread Protests Are on Way, Stronger Than Gas Protests

Observers in Iran believe that nationwide protests and uprisings are underway following the Iranian regime’s decision to increase the...

Iran: Tax Pressure on the People and Exemption for the ‘Super Rich’

In a critical situation where most of the Iranian regime’s officials and media outlets are warning its leaders to...

Iran’s Regime and Its Expertise in Reversing the Truth

In order to get an insight into the Iranian regime’s real behavior and culture, you first need to analyze...

Must read

US: Hackers in Iran responsible for cyberattacks

AP: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the cyberthreat...

Iran says will resume key atomic work despite EU

Reuters: Iran will resume some key work on its...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you