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President: Iran to free 15 UK marines as a gift to British people

Tehran, April 4, IRNA - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Tehran on Wednesday that Tehran is to free 15 arrested UK marines as a gift to the people of Britain.

The amnesty was granted on the auspicious occasion of birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad and the Christian Easter festivity.

Powerful Iran despite its right to try the military servicemen has pardoned them as a gift to the British people, said the president.

"I do advise UK Premier Tony Blair not to prosecute the servicemen on charges of telling truth and realities," he said.

"I do advise Tony Blair to administer justice and promote peace and ethics and serve the British people instead of proliferating nuclear weapons," he said.

Medal of courage awarded to commander of Iranian coast guards

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in his first press conference in the new Iranian year Wednesday that a third degree medal of courage has been awarded to the commander of Iranian coast guards captain Abolqassem Amangah.

The decision was made by the cabinet minister following the arrest of 15 British marines for illegally entering Iranian territorial waters.

The minister of defense along with a high ranking military officials were present in the ceremony.

President: US attack on Iraq destroyed part of human civilization

Ahmadinejad said that the US attack on Iraq on the pretext of possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) stopped the country's progress for dozens of years and destroyed a significant part of 7000-year human civilization situated there.

He added that besides thousands of people have either been killed and injured, or have become homeless.

The president said, "No WMDs were found in Iraq and the Iraqi dictator was overthrown. However, despite formation of a legal parliament and government in the country, foreign troops continue to victimize people.

"Is there any legal body today to ask the foreign forces in Iraq the reason for inflicting such a great damage on the country? Ahmadinejad pointed to the 33-day war launched in Lebanon by the Zionist regime as another sign of the United Nations Security Council's inefficiency.

The president said, "During the war in Lebanon, the country underwent the worst bombardment in the contemporary history. Innocent children and women were killed. But were the relevant damages compensated?

"The Security Council can hardly do anything in facing such catastrophes and every time a move is taken to this end, some big powers either veto or prevent it."

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