Ahmadinejad aide: Iran ‘won’t accept threats’ during negotiations
Iran is a nuclear power that will not tolerate external threats during nuclear discussions, a top aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview with AFP. Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Ahmadinejad’s media advisor, said the “first step” toward normalizing relations between the West and Tehran would be for the West to accept Iran as a nuclear power.
“Iran is a nuclear power. We won't accept any threats during the negotiations or even after. We want negotiations based on logic and international laws,” he said an interview Tuesday night in Tehran.
“They have to accept a nuclear Iran and have to negotiate with a nuclear Iran.”
The United States, Israel and several other countries have questioned the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions, claiming Iran seeks nuclear technology for weapons. This charge has been categorically denied by Iran.
Javanfekr’s statements come as representatives from the United States, Britain, Russia, France, China and Germany prepare to meet with Iranian leaders on October 1 to discuss Iran’s nuclear program.
“We have said negotiations will be based on our package and our package does not include Iran's nuclear programmed. As our president has said the nuclear question is over,” he said.
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