Monday, June 27, 2005

Say hello to IRAN'S new Pres.



Iran vows to restart nuke program

TEHRAN -- Iran's hard-line president-elect, at once defiant and at ease, vowed yesterday to restart the nation's nuclear energy program and told European negotiators that building trust required a mutual effort.

Asked about relations with the United States during his first press conference since Friday's election, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran "is taking the path of progress based on self-reliance. It doesn't need the United States significantly on this path."

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The United States thinks the program is aimed at building atomic weapons. Iran insists it is only interested in generating electricity. Uranium enriched to low levels has energy uses, while highly enriched uranium can be used in bombs.

Iran suspended all uranium-enrichment-related activities in November to avoid sanctions from the United Nations Security Council, but it said all along the suspension was temporary. France, Britain and Germany have offered economic incentives in hopes of persuading Iran to halt enrichment permanently.

"Iran's peaceful technology is the outcome of the scientific achievements of Iran's youth," Mr. Ahmadinejad said. "We need the peaceful nuclear technology for energy, medical and agricultural purposes and our scientific progress. We will continue this."

He said Iran's decision would not change, but he did not say when the work would resume.
"This is the final path we have taken," he said.

Concerning Iran's negotiations with France, Britain and Germany, Mr. Ahmadinejad said he was waiting for specific offers to break the stalemate.

"We will continue talks with Europeans while preserving our national interests and insistence on the right of the Iranian nation to use nuclear energy," he said. "If there is to be trust-building, then it should be mutual."

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Oh joy................




But make no mistake, this guy is still in charge...

You think he's called Iran's "supreme leader" cause it has a nice ring to it?