Iran's President Mahmoud ahmadinejad says hegemonic powers are using the nuclear energy issue as a pretext against the Iranian nation, stressing that the Islamic Republic ridicules such threats.
“The truth is, they [arrogant powers] oppose Iran's ideals, existence and policies and intend to resist and impede the progress of the Iranian nation by any means,” said President ahmadinejad in a meeting with an Egyptian delegation comprising media activists and journalists in Tehran on Monday.
However, the Iranian nation has always resisted against their measures and succeeded in taking steps towards advancement by relying on its own capabilities, he added.
“Today, when the enemies threaten us, the Iranian people respond with ridicule to their threats,” the Iranian chief executive pointed out.
The United States and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the “option” of a military strike in attempts to force Iran to halt its nuclear energy program, which they say has a military aspect despite being closely monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Iran has fiercely rejected the Western publicity, insisting that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it is entitled to pursue nuclear technology for its numerous civilian uses and benefits.
Ahmadinejad further cautioned against plots hatched by arrogant powers against regional countries, saying, “Hegemonic powers and enemies of nations seek to prevent the establishment of cordial relations among regional states in order to be able to sell their own goods to them.”
He expressed the Islamic Republic’s complete readiness to transfer its experience and accomplishments in various fields to friend countries, including Egypt.