Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he rejects UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea for conducting a nuclear weapons test, and he accused the United States of using the council as a "weapon to impose its hegemony."
Ahmadinejad also defiantly rejected as "illegal" a Security Council demand that Tehran suspend its own uranium enrichment activities and said Tehran will continue its nuclear activities without any fear.
"Some Western countries have turned the UN Security Council into a weapon to impose their hegemony and issue resolutions against countries that oppose them," Ahmadinejad was quoted by the state-run television as saying Monday.
The president did not mention North Korea by name, but he was referring to a council resolution, which imposes sanctions on North Korea and calls Pyongyang's claimed nuclear test "a clear threat to international peace and security."
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