Saturday January 14, 2006, Tehran, Iran (Stop Fundamentalism) – Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced in a press conference on Saturday that the Islamic Republic would never abandon its nuclear efforts even if it meant facing the United Nations Security Council.
The European Union and the United States have announced plans to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council due to the removal of IAEA seals on Natanz nuclear plant by Iran.
In a press conference in Tehran, Ahmadinejad told reporters that suspension of nuclear research was not part of the agreement Iran had with the EU and that it was legally allowed to carry out the activity.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad complained that the EU had no right to demand Iran referral to the Security Council. “Don’t do something that you will later regret”, Ahmadinejad said, threatening the EU.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called on Iran to suspend work at Natanz as a confidence-building measure, given nearly two decades of deceit by Tehran which had kept its atomic program hidden from the international community.
“The time has come that the West carry out confidence-building measures”, Ahmadinejad said.
Radical Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also demanded once again that Iran be permitted to send inspectors to evaluate “human rights abuses” in the European Union.
“We will send teams to write and publish reports on the condition of jails, tortures, discriminations, and election procedures and economic actions that end up against the benefit of their people, support for terrorists, as well as the judicial, parliamentary, and administrative systems of countries that claim to speak out for human rights.
Ahmadinejad Also defended on Saturday his previous comments calling for the destruction of Israel and rejected criticism from Unites States President George W. Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the issue.
In several speeches, Ahmadinejad claimed that the Holocaust was a “myth” and declared that the Jewish state had to be “wiped off the map”.
In a joint conference at the White House on Friday, Bush and Merkel condemned the Iranian president’s remarks.
Asked about the U.S. and German leaders’ positions, the Revolutionary Guards commander-turned-President said, “Everyone is free to make comments, but I ask this: are these two individuals supporters of Israel or not? If they are then they are also liable for their crimes”.
He said that those who support Israel must be prosecuted for war crimes, so “these people better watch what they say”.