Iran says; take this deal and shove it!

You ain’t the boss of me!

By Noble Johns

VIENNA, Austria (BNW) –
After all but kissing Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ass in public over a deal to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Iran’s President has all but told Stupid Bush and Rice Pudding to take their deal and shove it!

Iran won't abandon its nuclear ambitions under Western pressure, Iranian President Ahmadinejad said last week, adding that the Islamic republic will hold "fair and unconditional" talks with the West.

His remarks were delivered Saturday to thousands gathered at the shrine of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, echoed those reported Friday by the Islamic Republic News Agency.

Iran will never bargain away its "legitimate and legal right" to produce nuclear fuel, Iranian President Ahmadinejad has said.

But he added that Tehran would study proposals from Europe and America, Russia and China and decide according to national interest.

The proposals are due to be delivered by a top European official within days.

They aim to persuade Iran to abandon nuclear work, which some fear is aimed at ultimately producing a nuclear bomb.

Ahmadinejad was speaking at the shrine of the father of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini, whose death anniversary was marked with a public holiday.

It looks as if the Iranian government realizes the country is now at a turning point over its nuclear program and must ponder carefully which path to take, defiance or compromise, our correspondent says.

But the problem is Iranian leaders cannot give in to all the demands of the international community without seeming to lose face with their own people, she adds.

'Independence at stake'

Ahmadinejad said UN Secretary General Kofi Annan had telephoned him to ask that he first study the international community's proposals for a compromise before making a decision on them.

Iran's president said that European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana would bring the proposals to Tehran.

He said that to negotiate away the right to produce nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes was like bargaining away Iran's independence, and the country would simply not give in to threats.

Solana will visit Iran in the next 48 hours, according to Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

The proposals — drawn up by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany — have not been made public but sources say they could include giving Iran a nuclear reactor and an assured supply of enriched uranium.

Solana is expected to unveil them to the rest of the world in Vienna on this week.

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