April 28, 2006

Iran says does not “give a damn” about UN resolution

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's president said on Friday his
country would pay no attention to international calls to halt
its nuclear work, hours before the U.N. atomic watchdog reports
on whether Tehran has met U.N. Security Council demands.

"Those who want to prevent Iranians from obtaining their
right, should know that we do not give a damn to such
resolutions," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a rally in northwest
Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA), is widely expected to tell the council and the
agency's board on Friday that Iran has not stopped enriching
uranium or fully answered IAEA queries as the U.N. body asked a
month ago.

The West accuses Iran of pursuing a civilian nuclear
program as a cover to acquire atomic bomb. Tehran denies it.

"Enemies think that by ... threatening us, launching
psychological warfare or ... imposing embargoes can dissuade
our nation to obtain nuclear technology," Ahmadinejad said in
Zanjan province.

Iran said this month it had enriched uranium to the level
used in power stations for the first time and has vowed to
pursue large-scale enrichment of uranium.