'Iran will not discuss its right to enrichment'
Iran will not discuss its "absolute rights" to nuclear technology, notably the enrichment of uranium.india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 08:50 IST
Iran will not discuss its "absolute rights" to nuclear technology, notably the enrichment of uranium, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a televised address.
Referring to an announcement that EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana will deliver to Tehran a new proposal for ending the nuclear standoff, Ahmadinejad said: "We will wait to see these proposals before taking a decision that is in our national interests.
"But we say to them that nuclear technology, particularly the production of nuclear fuel, is part of our absolute rights, and we will not discuss these rights with anyone," he said in a speech at the mausoleum of Iran's revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
According to Ahmadinejad, "negotiating our absolute right would be like accepting to negotiate on our independence. We will not negotiate our independence with anyone."
But if Iran rejects the proposal it faces the risk of tough Security Council action -- including possible sanctions.
"On the one hand, they say they want to negotiate, and on the other hand they make threats," Ahmadinejad complained, saying that any future talks had to be "without conditions".
"We will not judge their proposals in advance. We will wait and see what their attitude is," he said, in the speech, marking the anniversary of Khomeini's death in 1989.
Ahmadinejad also revealed that in a phone conversation on Saturday with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, he had been asked "to examine the proposals and not act hastily."
"I said that we will not act hastily and that we will examine the proposals," he said, adding he had also agreed with Annan not to make the contents of the proposals public.