Iranian President Defends Right to Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy

March 7, 2006

On March 2, speaking in Kuala Lumpur, the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejadj, reiterated Iran's right to peaceful nuclear development and vowed to continue with such activity.

Speaking to a large gathering, he said: "They say that Iran should not have access to such activities and this is a logic of intimidation.... "If a nuclear program is bad, why do some countries have it" he asked. "When they do not have answers, they voice concern over Iran and this is not logic any more, it is intimidation," he said.

"Some have tried to prevent Iran to tread the path of progress and development in the past 27 years," he added.

He further added that the activity of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was politically motivated. "Regrettably most international organizations have turned into political organizations and the influence of great powers prevents them from taking fair and legally sound decisions," Ahmadinejad said. "The IAEA's treatment of the Islamic Republic of Iran is politically motivated."

Ahmadinejad said he wanted talks, but Iran would not give in to big power dictate. "We never seek a fight, we believe in dialogue," the Iranian president said.