Wednesday, February 01, 2006
AP: Iran president vows to resist bully nations
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer -- 5 minutes ago
TEHRAN, 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 for its nuclear activities.
In a speech to thousands of supporters hours after 's State of the Union address, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, 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.
"Our nation can't give in to the coercion of some bully countries who imagine they are the whole world and see themselves equal to the entire globe," he added.
The crowd responded with chants of "Nuclear energy is our right!"
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 thereports Iran to the Security Council on Thursday, as expected.
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