Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
(photo credit: AP)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran's enemies are "idiots" and that UN sanctions will not make his country abandon its nuclear program on Monday.
Addressing industrialists in northern Iran, the Iranian leader said that the sanctions will only help Iran, forcing it toward achieving greater economic self-sufficiency. The president's speech was broadcast live on state television.
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The United Nations last month slapped a fourth round of sanctions on Teheran over its disputed nuclear program.
Ahmadinejad called for negotiations with the US over the nuclear issue and mocked the latest round of sanctions the US helped push through the UN Security Council during his speech on Monday
"We are for negotiations, but to do so you have to sit down like a good
boy," Ahmadinejad was quoted by AFP as saying in reference to the US in his speech. "They adopt a resolution
to force a dialogue, but this cowboy logic has no place in Iran."
Ahmadinejad also criticized the US for opposing Iran's nuclear program
out of the fear that it will acquire a nuclear weapon when the US has
over "5,001 fourth and fifth generation atomic bombs."
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