Ahmadinejad: Swap deal still on table
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country's nuclear fuel swap deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey last month was "still alive," state television reported on Tuesday. "The Tehran declaration is still alive and can play a role in international relations even if the arrogant (Western) powers are upset and angry," he said in a meeting with visiting Turkish parliament speaker Mehmet Ali Shahin.
According to AFP, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday that his country was to protest against last week's UN sanctions resolution by sending separate letters to all 15 members of the UN Security Council. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki is to write to the council members against the "illogical approach which led to the adoption of the resolution and to explain the position of our country," he said.
"The resolution is illogical ... and we will not allow anyone to curb our rights," the spokesman said.