Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks in Bushehr, southern Iran, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, the site of Iran’s only nuclear power plant to which Russia is putting the finishing touches. Iran will defy Western pressure and complete its nuclear program, Ahmadinejad vowed Wednesday, a day before the U.N. nuclear agency is likely to vote to haul the country before the Security Council.
ASSociated Press: Iran Leader Vows to Resist ‘Bully’ Nations
Iran’s president lashed out Wednesday at the United States and vowed to resist the pressure of “bully countries” as European nations circulated a draft resolution urging that Tehran be brought before the U.N. Security Council for its nuclear activities.
In a speech to thousands of supporters hours after
President Bush’s State of the Union address, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad derided the United States as a “hollow superpower” that is “tainted with the blood of nations” and said Tehran would continue its nuclear program.
“Nuclear energy is our right, and we will resist until this right is fully realized,” Ahmadinejad told the crowd in the southern Iran city of Bushehr, the site of Iran’s only nuclear power plant.
The crowd responded with chants of “Nuclear energy is our right!”
It is also Iran’s right to have their nuclear facilities bombed to prevent them from weaponizing nuclear materials. The United Nations and IAEA referral is important and diplomacy is always preferable to military operations but the will to solve this crisis is found only in the United States and Israel.
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, said at a news conference that the Islamic republic would halt intrusive U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities and resume large-scale enrichment of uranium if it is taken before the U.N. Security Council, which could impose sanctions.
Larijani also said Iran remains committed to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, despite calls from hard-line newspapers to withdraw from the agreement if the
International Atomic Energy Agency reports Iran to the Security Council on Thursday, as expected.
Iran’s main enrichment plant at “is ready for work,” he said.
“We only need to notify the IAEA that we are resuming enrichment. When we do that is our call,” Larijani said. If Iran is reported to the Security Council, we will do it quickly,” he added.
The referral to the United Nations Security Council cannot come fast enought.
But, will this be enough for the United States and Israel? Perhaps for now……
Iran WILL Respond and then……….
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image
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