Mark Tran
The Guardian
December 22, 2009

The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, today dismissed a year-end deadline set by the US for Iran to accept a UN-brokered deal to swap enriched uranium for nuclear fuel.

As Iran faces a renewed US drive for further sanctions, Ahmadinejad made light of the threat. “If Iran wanted to make a bomb, we would be brave enough to tell you,” he told supporters in the southern city of Shiraz. He said the west could give Iran “as many deadlines as they want, we don’t care”.

In an interview aired on US television yesterday, Ahmadinejad dismissed documents apparently describing Iranian efforts to make a nuclear trigger as “fabricated and distributed by the US”.

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