Iran to offer solution to nuke dispute

Ahmadinejad: "Iran is a big power and wants nothing more than its legal right to nuclear technology."

ahmadinejad nuclear 224 (photo credit: AP [file])
ahmadinejad nuclear 224
(photo credit: AP [file])
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Tuesday that the Islamic Republic will put forward proposals this week in order to solve the dispute with Western countries over its nuclear program. "There are various concerns in the world which big powers have no solutions for those international challenges but Iran has solutions," Ahmadinejad said during a news conference. "We have prepared a package which will soon be offered," he added. "What does incentives mean?" he asked. "Iran is a big power and wants nothing more than its legal right to nuclear technology. Nothing can persuade us to abandon our right." Delegates from Russia, France, Germany, the UK, the US, China and the EU took part in a six-nation meeting on Iran's nuclear program last month, which yielded no clear result. The chair of the talks, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister He Yafei, had said that the diplomatic efforts would continue. Also Tuesday, Ahmadinejad said the Saudi foreign minister's claims of Iranian support for Hizbullah's recent actions in Lebanon were made in anger. He said Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal was not following the orders of Saudi King Abdullah when he said Tuesday that Iran's support for Hizbullah's "coup" in Lebanon will affect Teheran's relations with Arab and Islamic countries. The Iranian president said Iran was the only country that does not interfere in Lebanon's internal affairs.