Ahmadinejad: Enrichment activities to continue
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview published Friday that he would reject any new incentives offered by world powers in return for suspending uranium enrichment. Asked about possible incentives that Tehran suspend its enrichment activities, Ahmadinejad was quoted as telling Japan's Kyodo News: "This is a non-negotiable subject."
"Iran is a nuclear country and has no reason to give up the technology. If there are to be any preconditions, we must propose preconditions," he said.
Ahmadinejad told Kyodo that the suspension of its uranium enrichment program was an issue related to the past as "we have passed this stage."
Asked about Iran's conditions to resume talks with the European Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana, the Iranian leader said that Iran will only negotiate with the International Atomic Energy Agency. "We will pursue our nuclear issue in the framework of the agency," he said.