Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Strange Fars Headline: "Presidential Aide Adores Iran's Success in N. Row with West"

They're so adorable and invincible:
A senior aide of the Iranian President on Wednesday lauded the country's success in the nuclear standoff with the West, describing it as an illustration of the Iranian nation's invincibility.

"Today, Iran's nuclear issue is a symbol of national resolve, invincibility, political capabilities, courage of the nation and pursuit of honor and glory by the Iranian Leader, authorities and nation. The issue is a manifestation of our people's national identity," Seyed Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi said, addressing a conference dubbed as "Iran's nuclear successes: cultural aspects and national identity" in Tehran today.

He dismissed western allegations about Tehran's nuclear program, and noted, "The arrogant countries knew that we are not after the acquisition of the nuclear weapons and that our nuclear energy is peaceful, yet they issued resolutions (in the UN Security Council) and asked for suspension of activities in our nuclear plants in an effort to impose their will on us."

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

The US had long demanded a suspension of Iran's nuclear activities as a prerequisite to talks with the Islamic Republic, but after Barack Obama ascended to power, the White House withdrew its pre-conditions and attended direct talks with the Islamic Republic.
Samareh Hashemi further reiterated that Iran will never back off from its rights because Tehran's experiences prove that bullying powers will retreat when they see Iranians are resolute in defending their rights.
He could still be proven wrong, but I'm not holding my breath.

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