Wednesday, November 4, 2009
As Washington scrambles to assemble tougher sanctions against Tehran, a senior Iranian lawmaker assures that the country will never be ‘intimidated’ into giving up its nuclear rights.
In a speech commemorating the 30th anniversary of the US embassy takeover in Tehran, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel warned Washington against threatening the Iranians with sanctions.
“[The Islamic Republic] will not negotiate on its legitimate rights,” said the former speaker of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis).
His remarks come after US President Barack Obama urged the Tehran government to “decide whether it wants to focus on the past, or whether it will make the choices that will open the door to greater opportunity, prosperity and justice for its people.”
“I have made it clear that the United States of America wants to move beyond this past, and seeks a relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran based upon mutual interests and mutual respect,” said the US President.
In Iran, Obama’s remarks were seen as a far cry from the oft-stated promises of ‘change’ he made while on the stump.
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