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Iran threatens revision of N-policy

President Ahmedinejad has rejected Western pressure to freeze the nation's nuclear programme.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 23:06 IST

The Iranian President on Saturday rejected Western pressure to freeze the country's nuclear programme and issued a veiled threat to walk away from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Mahmoud Ahmedinejad was speaking at Azadi Square, where tens of thousands of Iranians had gathered to mark the 27th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution

Ahmadinejad also said that the true Holocaust was happening now in the Palestinian territories and Iraq.

He has declared the Nazi slaughter of 6 million Jews during World War II was a "myth."

But the focus of his speech was the building crisis surrounding the country's disputed nuclear programme.

"The nuclear policy of the Islamic Republic so far has been peaceful. Until now, we have worked inside the agency (International Atomic Energy Agency) and the NPT regulations.

"If we see you want to violate the right of the Iranian people by using those regulations, you should know that the Iranian people will revise its policies. You should do nothing that will lead to such a revision in our policy," said Ahmadinejad.

He did not specify what revisions Tehran might make in its policies but it was believed to be a threat to withdraw from the NPT and the IAEA.

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 15:38 IST