TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday the
Islamic Republic would soon announce "very important" achievements in
the nuclear field, state TV reported.
He was speaking on the 33rd
anniversary of the Islamic revolution. Tens of thousands of Iranians
joined state-organized rallies across the country to mark the occasion.
the coming days the world will witness Iran's announcement of its very
important and very major nuclear achievements," Ahmadinejad told a crowd
at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square in a speech relayed live on state
television. He gave no details.
carrying Iranian flags and pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei chanted "Death to Israel" and "Death to America."
Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, who arrived in Iran on Friday for
three-day trip, also spoke at the ceremony. Haniyeh vowed that the Hamas
movement will never recognize the State of Israel and will continue its
resistance until all Palestinian lands are liberated.
On Friday, Iran pledged to back Palestinian resistance against Israel. "Soon the Zionist regime will be punished for its plots and
aggression," AFP quoted Iran's first Vice President Mohammad Reza
Rahimi as saying to Haniyeh.
"Iran will not retreat one iota from its position on defending the
rights of the Palestinian people," added Rahimi.