Ahmadinejad insists Iran not seeking nuclear weapons

June 23, 2011 16:55


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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday claimed that Tehran does not seek nuclear weapons and that the Islamic Republic's foes use the country's nuclear program as an excuse to curtail the nation's progress.

"The reason behind the enemy opposition to Iran's development is to curb the country's influence in the world. The nuclear issue is a pretext because they are afraid of the Iranian nation's consciousness," Iranian semi-official news agency Fars quoted Ahmadinejad as saying at the launch of a wastewater treatment plant in Tehran.

The Iranian president maintained that the Islamic Republic had been fully cooperative with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which he said was controlled by the "heads of the hegemonic system."

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