Source: Radio Zamaneh
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized Western policies of further sanctions against Iran and maintained that they will only make Iran more determined to overcome those sanctions.
Speaking at a factory inauguration in Sirjan today, Saturday, he accused the West of "lack of understanding" and added: "They are working in our favour and they think if they do not give us petrol, we will get upset and start mourning." Ahmadinejad maintained that Iranian experts can reach adequate petrol production within 20 days if need be.
Vitol, Glencore and Trafigura, companies that
together provided a third of Iran's petrol needs, have stopped exporting petrol
to Iran following approval of unilateral energy sanctions by US congress against
Iran is already subject to a limited set of sanctions through the United Nations in connection to its nuclear activities.
US officials have been working round the clock to enlist the support of Russia and China in putting further pressure on Iran to conform its nuclear activities to Western terms of negotiation. The US has announced that new set of sanctions against Iran will be put into effect by next week.
Ahmadinejad rejected claims that President Obama's message on the occasion of Iranian New Year in March renewed United States' call to engage in diplomatic negotiations.
"They say that 'we have extended our hands to the people of Iran but the government of Iran and the people of Iran pushed it back'. What hand did you extend toward us?" Ahmadinejad said. "What changed? Your sanctions were lifted? The adverse propaganda was stopped? The pressure was alleviated? Did you change your attitude in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine?" he added.
Today Saeed Jalili, head of Iran's National Security Council announced that the proposed method of nuclear fuel exchange by the West is "unfair and illogical."
World powers have proposed that Iran can get the necessary fuel for its nuclear reactors by exchanging low-enriched uranium with high-enriched uranium form Russia. While Iran has agreed on the exchange, the negotiations have reached an impasse over the method of exchange.
Iran insists that the exchange should take place on Iranian soil but the West refuses this condition.
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