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Tehran nuclear issue should be resolved between Iran and U.S.: Ahmadinejad
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep2(70).jpgTEHRAN – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program should be resolved between Iran and the United States.  
 
Ahmadinejad made the remarks during a press conference on the sidelines of the Fifth Bali Democracy Forum, which was held in Nusa Dua, Indonesia, on Wednesday and Thursday. 
 
The Iranian nuclear issue has become a “political” issue, Ahmadinejad said, adding, “The issue should be resolved in relations between Iran and the United States.”   
 
“All the countries that are member to the International Atomic Energy Agency, and even the countries that are member to the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) clearly tell us that Iran should resolve the problem with the United States,” he stated.    
 
Ahmadinejad added, “We have announced that representatives of all governments can inspect Iran’s nuclear facilities because Iran is the only country that has opened the doors of its nuclear facilities to the media.” 
 
The Iranian president criticized the performance of the IAEA and expressed his regret over the fact that the UN nuclear watchdog is under the influence of the colonialist policies of certain governments.  
 
“There is no need for a new organization in order to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue, and it will suffice if the U.S. government revises its attitude, and this revision of attitude will definitely be in the interests of the U.S. government and people,” he noted.   
 
Ahmadinejad stated, “The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly inspected Iran’s nuclear facilities, and it has mentioned in over 10 of its reports that it has not found any evidence of Iran’s attempt to (develop) a nuclear bomb. But this very agency has not issued a report about (the necessity of) the nuclear disarmament of the U.S. government because it is under the control of the countries that possess nuclear bombs.”    
 
Commenting on prospects of direct talks between Tehran and Washington, he said, “We believe that the fundamental principle in international relations is friendly ties between nations and governments, relations that are based on justice and respect. If this equation is upset somewhere, the reason behind it should be found, and it should be seen who, for what reason, severed relations between Iran and the United States 33 years ago.”     
 
Iran does not need a nuclear bomb to protect itself 
 
Commenting on threats of military action against Iran over its nuclear program, Ahmadinejad noted, “Threats of war against Iran have nothing to do with the nuclear issue because there are many countries in the Middle East region whose arsenals are full of nuclear weapons and with which the U.S. government has good relations and support them.” 
 
“The Americans are aware that the Iranian nation has never been seeking nuclear weapons, has never taken any measure to produce them, and does not believe in a nuclear bomb because the Iranian nation, in its history of civilization, has never required a bomb to protect itself,” he added.  
 
The Iranian president also said, “Those who stockpile nuclear bombs are politically retarded, and the equations in the world should be changed in such a way that no one will possess a nuclear bomb and will not be able to use it against other nations.”  
 
Iran will make enemy regret its act of aggression 
 
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ahmadinejad said that Iran will make the enemy regret its act of aggression. 
 
“The region and the world do not have the potential for a new war. Meanwhile, the Iranian nation has shown that it is a cultured nation and has never been seeking an act of aggression. But it is a good defender and has always made those who have invaded our soil regret (their action),” he stated.   
 
-------------- Low turnout for U.S. election illustrates wrong policies 
 
Asked about the U.S. presidential election that was held on November 6 in which Barack Obama was reelected, Ahmadinejad said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has never interfered in the internal affairs of others, but I would have been happier if an overwhelming majority of the people of the United States had turned out for the election because a low turnout for elections has never been a good sign and illustrates that the general policies in the country are not moving in a proper direction.” 
 
He also stated that what matters is not who is the president of the United States, but rather what is important is that the U.S. should revise its attitude toward other countries.   
 
Iran can withstand pressure of sanctions  
 
During the press conference, Ahmadinejad was also asked about the problems that have been created for Iran because of the sanctions that certain Western countries have imposed on the country. 
 
The Iranian president said that it is true that certain problems have been created for the country, but “these problems are not as great as Western and related media outlets are stating. The Iranian nation has withstood greater pressures, and it will overcome this problem through reliance on its capabilities.” 
 
“It would be in European governments’ interests if they had sought the path of friendship instead of aligning themselves with the Zionists and showing hostility toward the Iranian nation,” he added. 
 
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