Iranian president rejects Western pressure
Iranian President said negotiations could resume if opponents stop &# 171; aim the barrel of a gun&# 187; to his country
Iranian President said no one can force Tehran to agree to resume talks on nuclear program.
On Sunday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said negotiations could resume if Iran’s opponents stop “pointing the barrel of a gun” at his country.
The president made the announcement on Sunday in Tehran at a rally to mark the 34th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, which toppled the US-backed Shah and rose to power by radical clergy. Ahmadinejad’s speech was broadcast on state television.
The President, however, cannot decide on negotiations on the nuclear program.. Only Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has such powers, who this month rejected a US proposal for direct talks, saying they could not be started as long as sanctions were in place and other forms of pressure continued..
Tehran is subject to a series of international sanctions that should force the Iranian leadership to abandon the uranium enrichment program, a process that can have both military and civilian goals. Iranian side declares that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons.
On Sunday, the population of the country celebrated the anniversary of the Islamic revolution. In the capital, demonstrators waved national flags and chanted slogans against the sworn enemies of the Islamic republic: “death to America” and “death to Israel”.
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