Ahmadinejad: Iran Won’t Stop Nuclear Program

Toronto Daily News – Ahmadinejad: Iran Won’t Stop Nuclear Program – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday Iran won’t change course and will continue pursuing its nuclear program.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday Iran won’t bend under pressure and will continue pursuing its nuclear program.

The U.N. Security Council had given Iran until February 21 to halt uranium enrichment, a process that can make fuel for power plants or material for warheads. Tehran ignored a U.N. deadline to stop uranium enrichment which is widely considered to be used to make nuclear bombs, U.N. watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency said. The report also said Tehran had also continued to build a heavy water reactor and related facilities.

“If we show weakness in front of the enemy the expectations will increase but if we stand against them, because of this resistance, they will retreat,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech in northern Iran, country’s news agency reported, “The Iranian nation has resisted all bullies and corrupt powers and it will fully defend its all rights.”

Earlier, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say, said Iran would press ahead with its nuclear ambitions. Iran insists that its nuclear program is peaceful, but the United States and other countries suspect Iran is using it as a cover to develop nuclear weapons.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany will meet in London next week to discuss possible further steps in addition to U.N. sanctions barring the transfer of nuclear technology and know-how that were imposed in December.

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Denis Simonneau said sanctions should be “deepened by being more precise, more detailed.”

The United States has stepped up pressure on Iran to stop by slapping U.S. sanctions on two big Iranian banks and three firms. Additional penalties Iran might face for ignoring the U.N. demand include a travel ban on senior Iranian officials and restrictions on non-nuclear business.

Exit Question: What should the UN’s next move be with regards to Iran?

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