‘West can cry but no change in Iranian nuclear policy’


Tehran : The West can "cry its heart out," but there will be no change in Iran's nuclear research programme, said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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"The Iranian nation stands united in the nuclear case and will not retreat even one iota from its right to continue nuclear work," Ahmadinejad said in a speech at the shrine of the late leader of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in southern Tehran Sunday.

Ahmadinejad was attending a special ceremony commemorating the 18th anniversary of Khomeini's death on June 3, 1989.

"The West can all day long cry its heart out, but the Iranian nation will stay unbeatable," Ahmadinejad told thousands of his supporters in the shrine.

He said that Iran has not been intimidated by two United Nations Security Council resolutions and would not be afraid of further resolutions, either.

"Nuclear know-how is inside the brains of our scientists, and there is no way to take this know-how away from us," Ahmadinejad said. "Iran is already a nuclear state and possesses the necessary technology for producing its own nuclear fuel."

Iran claimed last month that 1,600 of a planned 3,000 centrifuges – used to spin out uranium sufficiently enriched to fuel an energy plant – were already working at its key Natanz plant in central Iran.

Iran's final aim is to install 50,000 centrifuges in Natanz within two to four years to create its own nuclear fuel cycle.

Two UN resolutions have legally bound Iran to suspend its enrichment programme or face financial sanctions.

Ira has so far rejected the main UN demand of enrichment suspension but is ready to remove all Western concern over a military deviation of its nuclear programmes toward production of atomic bombs.

Ahmadinejad reiterated that the only way to settle the nuclear dilemma would be concession by the West of Iran's legitimate right to pursue nuclear technology in line with the Non-Proliferation Treaty.