Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday stressed his country's vision of creating a world free of nuclear weapons by adopting steps toward global nuclear disarmament. "All countries should be disarmed of atomic weapons. Iran will strongly push ahead with its demand for global nuclear disarmament," the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
He stated that the atomic powers which have used nuclear weapons against other nations must be held accountable for their action. The Iranian leader stressed Iran's firm stance on defending its nuclear rights and said, "The government assures the Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] and the Iranian nation that it will never back down even one step from its nuclear rights."
The president underlined that "arrogant" powers are unable to affect international developments. "Iran will move toward its development and will play a strong role in global equations," he said.
According to him, imposing unilateral sanctions against Iran is a clear example of extremism by the world powers. "They mistakenly think that pressure and threats will bring Iranians to their knees," he added.