More saber-rattling from the peaceful Islamic Republic. “Iran says nuclear will stronger than big powers,” from Reuters (thanks to Sr. Soph):
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s determination to continue its disputed nuclear work has brought major powers “to their knees”, the Iranian president said on Wednesday ahead a report this week by the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
In a typically defiant speech as the International Atomic Energy Agency prepares to issue its report, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran would not heed calls by major powers to halt the sensitive nuclear work that has led to two rounds of U.N. sanctions.
“The Iranian nation will not allow any power to trample even on its smallest (national) right,” he said in a televised address to a rally in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.
The IAEA report is expected to be released on Friday. IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei has said the agency has made “good progress” in resolving outstanding issues.
U.N. Security Council members are expected to scrutinise the details in his report before finalising any new sanctions text, which is now being considered.
“The Iranian nation’s will to continue nuclear work has won over the will of big powers … (and) brought them to their knees,” the Iranian president said.
“Today the agency, which is legally in charge of this case, has prepared a report and announced that Iran’s activities are legal and there is no diversion,” he said.