Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has termed Tehran’s nuclear fuel swap declaration as the last opportunity for the West to resolve Iran’s nuclear case.
“There are no excuses left as Tehran’s declaration is the best opportunity. We have taken important steps,” President Ahmadinejad said during a speech in the southeastern province of Kerman.
Iran, Turkey and Brazil issued a trilateral nuclear declaration in the Iranian capital of Tehran on May 17.
According to the declaration, Iran agrees to ship 1200 kg of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 120 kg of 20-percent enriched fuel it requires for producing medical isotopes at the Tehran Research Reactor.
“We have a reactor in Tehran which produces radio medicines. Around 800,000 people annually use such medicines. Twenty five years ago, Iran bought nuclear fuel enriched up to the level of 20 percent from Argentina for use in its Tehran Research Reactor. It is currently running out of fuel,” he added.
President Ahmadinejad also urged the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to support Iran’s nuclear activities.
Moreover, he said that US President Barack Obama “should bear in mind that if he does not use this opportunity, Iranians are unlikely to give him a new chance.”
“We hate bullying and aggression. However, we will not succumb to aggression and tyranny. We consider the international relations today as unjust. We want just relation with world countries,” he went on to say.
“All world nations have joined the powerful and revolutionary rank of the Iranian nation. Those arrogant and tyrant powers should either give up or be obliterated,” the Iranian chief executive further explained.
“Some countries themselves possess nuclear weapons, they wield veto powers and they enjoy powerful armies. They occupy lands and they kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people. They are among the most dictatorial regimes and they support the most dictatorial regimes in the world and at the same time they chant the slogans of supporting the human rights,” he stated.
“The Iranian nation favors justice in all areas. As for the international arena, we favor just relations all over the world. We hate aggression and will not bow to aggression,” he concluded.