In response to U.S. president Barack Obama's statement last week that the United States is prepared to hold talks regarding Iran's nuclear program, Ahmadinejad said that the West should first reduce its presence in the Middle East as a precondition to discussing the nation's nuclear technology. The Iranian leader spoke to a Tehran crowd numbering in the thousands on Sunday.
Aside from Iran, there are currently nine countries that possess nuclear weapons, with the U.S. and Russia possessing the most number of warheads and inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs):
- United States
- Great Britain
- North Korea
On Feb. 10, Ahmadinejad said that Iran's "enemies" may not be happy about Tehran's scientific progresses but that those enemies should understand that Iran is now a nuclear country.
Western states imposed various kinds of pressures on the Iranian nation under the pretext of Iran becoming nuclear; recently, the words of the West towards Iran has changed, but they should know that despite the fact that Iranian nation has been always ready for pursuing logical approaches for reaching agreement and avoiding conflict, but holding a gun over Iranian nationˈs head and expecting Iran to come to the negotiating table is not logical and will not bear a result.
Iran's leader also invited the West to "make a deal" instead of confronting its nuclear ambitions, which the Middle Eastern nation has contended is being developed for peaceful purposes. In his speech, Ahmadinejad also urged the West to cease its trade embargoes which have reduced Iran's oil exports.
The United States and Israel view Iran's nuclear program as militarily threatening to global stability since warheads could end up in the hands of terror groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, both of which serve as proxies for Muslim radicals. Additionally, Iran has repeatedly shipped weapons to militant groups with a clear intention of destabilizing the Middle East.
However, Ahmadinejad rejected such a notion and said that its "scientific progress" is designed for defensive, not offensive, postures.
Iran is an independent country and no power is able to impose its will on the Iranian nation; Iran has recently unveiled its stealth fighter named Ghaher and will send a new satellite into the orbit in the near future.
Yet, his address turned confrontational when he referred to Israel as a "Zionist regime" whose "imperialism days are numbered."
Even enemies admit that Iran is one of the most independent nations in the world and nobody can impose its will on the nation; the revolution is an animate being and is growing. Islamic Revolution started in 1979 and its move is still in place both inside the country and abroad; the nation will never withdraw from its rights.
On Sunday, Iran's defense ministry announced that it has successfully launched a living creature into space as well as tested new air-to-air missiles launched from F14 fighter jets.
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