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‘West is against IRI’s scientific progress’: President Ahmadinejad

IRI President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday that the West is against scientific and technological progress of Iran.

President Ahmadinejad made the remark in a press conference with Brazilian and international reporters, journalists, and photojournalists at the Riocentro Convention Center in Rio de Janeiro on Friday morning local time.

The questions, posed by the journalists, concerned the Iran-G5+1 talks, Iran’s stance on Syria, Brazil’s support for Iran’s nuclear program and establishment of a new world order.

“The West is against progress in Iran; nuclear weapons is a pretext to put pressures on Iran and stop Iranian nation’s progress,“ Ahmadinejad said.

He said international approaches to nuclear issues is unjust and follows a double-standard because those who have nuclear weapons and threaten other nations, at the meantime claim to be against nuclear weapons.

“The countries that have nuclear arms today, used those arms on certain occasions today through threats, claiming they cannot have these weapons,” President said.

Ahmadinejad said, “We believe that nuclear energy, along with other forms of energy, should be accessible to all nations and is the right of all nations. But nowadays, it is monopolized by a few.”

“The people of the world are well aware about the discriminatory and inefficient behavior of the arrogant powers and these corrupt global powers, which are in minority, have adopted a style that is against the nations and their style is in their own interests,” he added.

President noted that they (the arrogant powers) are constantly humiliating the nations and have subdivided the human race to different classes while setting themselves as benchmark and allowing themselves to do whatever they want against the nations.

“These corrupt powers allow themselves to make atom bomb and chemical weapons and use them against the nations,” President Ahmadinejad added.

“In order to tackle the social and economic inequalities and the injustice currently undermining human dignity world-wide, there is a great need for a “new world order,” he said.

“This order would be based on compassion and justice, and in it, all humanity would be respected,” he said, pointing out that in the world today, a small minority has the power to make decisions, without consideration for the needs of the majority.

A sign of the injustice in the current world order, he said, is the nuclear proliferation question.

A high-level environmental meeting, also known as the Earth Summit, which is formally called the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, is underway at the Riocentro Convention Center in Rio de Janeiro and will end on June 22.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, Vice President for Executive Affairs Hamid Baqaei, and Vice President for International Affairs Ali Sa’eedlou are accompanying the president on his Brazil tour.

After Brazil, President Ahmadinejad will travel to Venezuela for an official visit to that country on the last leg of his South American tour.

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