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Iran "not to back down on its basic rights" in face of pressures: president
 • Ahmadinejad said Iran will not back down on its fundamental rights in the face of pressures. • Ahmadinejad downplayed Western sanction pressures on countrys energy sector and economy. • Ahmadinejad said Iran will continue its pace to take advantage of peaceful nuclear energy program.
TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that the Islamic republic will not back down on its fundamental rights in the face of pressures, stressing that talks with the United States is unlikely under threats and sanction pressures.
Ahmadinejad made the remarks alluding to the recent U.S. direct talks proposal with Iran over the countrys nuclear issue.
When addressing a ceremony held here to mark the 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, the Iranian president said that as Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said it is unlikely to expect negotiations when (you are) holing a gun over the Iranian nations head.
Khamenei on Thursday said that the Islamic republic was not interested in any talks with the United States under pressure.
The talks should be based on justice and respect, not pressure, Ahmadinejad said Sunday, adding that If you (Americans) do not point a gun at Iranian nation, I myself will talk (with you).
We also emphasize that dialogue is better than confrontation and during the talks misunderstandings should be removed and convergence should be made, the Iranian president said, stressing that in this way dialogue would not serve as a tool to impose the wills (of one side on the other).
The Islamic republic will not back down on its fundamental ( nuclear) rights even a single iota in the face of pressures, he said.
The West considers Irans nuclear activities as a suspicious weapon-grade program but Iran insists on its peaceful nature.
Ahmadinejads remarks is significant in that hopes have recently been raised to find a way to resolve Tehrans nuclear issue in the new round of talks between the world powers and Iran scheduled for Feb. 26 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Meanwhile, the Iranian president said that the West made all its efforts to stop Iran from turning into a nuclear country but they failed.
The Islamic republic has turned into a nuclear state and will continue its pace to take advantage of peaceful nuclear energy program, he emphasized.
Ahmadinejad downplayed Western sanction pressures on the countrys energy sector and economy, saying that If you dont want to buy Irans oil ..., we do not sell it to you and will run the country with non-oil revenues.
He meanwhile praised the achievements of the Islamic revolution in a number of scientific and technological areas, saying that the country has made remarkable progresses during the past 34 years which have redeemed the countrys independence.
Hailing the recent successful program of sending a living creature into space, he asserted that Iran will soon put its satellite at an orbit of 36,000 km above the earth.
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Iran says U.S. talks not possible currently
TEHRAN, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Irans Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Friday that talks with the United States is not currently possible.
According to the guidelines of the (Iranian) supreme leader, negotiations with the United states is not in agenda and is not possible before they change their attitude and ask for apology for their... hostility toward the country, Mehmanparast was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency Friday.  Full story
John Kerry urges Iran to talk real substance with world powers
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called on Iran to talk real substance with the world powers over its disputed nuclear program, saying the window for diplomacy is still open.
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