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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday condemned as having "no value at all" a recent resolution by the United Nations Security Council that imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programmes.
"The resolution is contradictory to the UN charter, purely political and has totally discredited the status of the UN Security Council as defender of world states and global peace," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in Ahvaz, southern Iran, broadcast live on the news network Khabar.
"Everybody should know that this illegal resolution has no value at all for the Iranian nation," the president said.
Last month, a UN Security Council vote to impose sanctions on the Islamic state's nuclear programmes. The Iranian president termed the resolution as a "piece of paper" not stopping Iran's nuclear programmes.
"The resolution is aimed at creating an anti-Iran atmosphere in the world and intimidate our people but the West should know that the Iranian nation will not only unanimously stand behind its nuclear rights but give the world powers a historic slap in the face," the president said.
Referring to increased criticism by his opposition inside Iran that his nuclear policies would eventually have dangerous consequences, Ahmadinejad said he had done everything he could and presented all necessary documents to persuade the West that Iran's nuclear projects were peaceful.
"But these corrupted and egotistical powers (the Security Council members plus Germany) are just lying. They don't want non- proliferation but want to deprive Iran and our regional neighbours of technology and progress," the Iranian president said.
In addition, Ahmadinejad said that the execution of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein showed the true nature of the United States policies.
"The execution showed that the final destiny of relying on the US is not suitable," Ahmadinejad said.
While referring to the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, the president said that the US fully supported and encouraged Saddam as long as he was standing against Iran's Islamic revolution but later dropped him "after he was no longer of any use."
He said that also the late Iranian king Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi had the same destiny and "eventually perished in humiliating exile."
"The regional states should learn a lesson and like Iran, solely rely on the will of its people rather on corrupt powers," Ahmadinejad said.