President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that possible UN Security Council sanctions would not stop Iran from pursuing its uranium enrichment program.
The United States and its European allies have been seeking to impose sanctions against Iran because of its refusal to stop uranium enrichment, a technology that can be used to produce nuclear fuel for civilian purposes or fuel for a nuclear bomb.
The latest UN draft resolution on the matter would order all countries to ban the supply of specified materials and technology to Iran that could contribute to Iran's nuclear and missile programs.
It also would impose a travel ban and asset freeze on key companies and individuals in the country's nuclear and missile programs who are named on a UN list.
"A nation whose youth have been able to achieve the nuclear fuel cycle with empty hands -- rest assured that it will be able to capture other peaks of (progress)," Ahmadinejad told a large crowd in this western city.