Iran unfazed by threat of new sanctions
TEHRAN, June 30 (AFP) Jun 30, 2007
Iran has no fear of fresh sanctions over its nuclear programme because the international community cannot cause it any harm, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in comments published on Saturday.
"Iran has become a nuclear country and atomic Iran will not back down," Ahmadinejad said.
"They cannot hurt us, not that they don't want to but because they are incapable of doing do as they are in a difficult situation."
Ahmadinejad said "the global arrogance cannot stop the Iranian nation", in an allusion to the United States which has never ruled out military action to stop Iran's nuclear drive.
The UN Security Council has already imposed two sets of sanctions against Iran after it failed to heed ultimatums to suspend uranium enrichment, the process that makes nuclear fuel but in highly extended form can also produce the fissile core of an atomic bomb.
The West fears that Iran's nuclear programme is cover for a push to develop the bomb, although Iran has said repeatedly that it is for civilian purposes only.
Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency are to travel to Tehran in July to develop an action plan for resolving outstanding issues over Iran's nuclear programme.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.