The president of Iran has struck a defiant tone as the world waits for a key verdict on his country’s nuclear research. “We will not bend to political pressure, nor give up our rights as a nation,“Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a rally.
He stuck to his position that, under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Tehran is allowed to enrich its own uranium. The international community begs to differ and the divide appears to be unbridgeable. Iran and Western powers have been unable to agree on a deal to allow the Islamic Republic to reprocess some uranium for research, while importing most of its nuclear fuel from Russia.
The impasse means Mohammed ElBaradei, the head of the United Nations’ atomic watchdog, will almost certainly refer the case to the UN Security Council. The body has the authority to impose sanctions but Iran says it will pursue its programme no matter what action is taken against it and it has warned that the US could feel “harm and pain.”