Reuters: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday Iran’s enemies could not do a “damn thing” to stop its nuclear program. TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday Iran’s enemies could not do a “damn thing” to stop its nuclear program.
The United States and European powers are leading efforts to impose United Nations Security Council sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt sensitive nuclear work that the West believes is aimed at producing an atomic arsenal.
“In the nuclear issue, they wrongly express concern about Iran’s possible diversion from a peaceful path,” the IRNA state news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
Tehran insists it has a right to nuclear power and only wants it to generate electricity.
“By God’s grace our powerful nation will continue its path and the enemy cannot do a damn thing on the nuclear issue.”
His comments echoed those of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, who said “America cannot do a damn thing” after Iranian students stormed the U.S. embassy in 1979 and took dozens of diplomats hostage.
Key U.N. Security Council members are currently debating a European draft sanctions resolution. The United States wants the text beefed up with stronger language, but Russia is resisting and instead wants large chunks deleted to exclude the seizure of Iranian assets and travel bans on Iranian officials.
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said on Friday his country would review relations with the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog if the Security Council backed the European draft resolution.
Iran ended snap inspections of its nuclear facilities in February after its case was referred to the U.N. Security Council. It has threatened to curtail IAEA inspections altogether if the Security Council took action against it.