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Ahmadinejad. Explaining himself
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Ahmadinejad: If we remain quiet, Zionists will act against us
Iranian president explains why his country is developing nuclear project, why he keeps on attacking Israel

If we remain quiet in light of the Zionists' crimes they, we will be unable to do anything tomorrow if they act against us, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday, according to the Iranian news agency Fars.

 

Speaking before bereaved families, Ahmadinejad said, "There were those inside and outside the country who asked us why we are defending Palestine and speaking against the Zionists, in the midst of all the attacks on the nuclear plan. I answered them in private meetings that today we can still do it openly.

 

"You saw that when we spoke about the Zionists' ideology, the enemy's ground was undermined, and they who speak about freedom (of speech) began crying out and had no possibility of creating unity and taking an active role," he added.

 

The Iranian leader warned the Western powers against "a new game" in the crisis surrounding his country's nuclear plan.

 

According to Ahmadinejad, "If you want to start a new fame, know that if our nation makes a decision it will undoubtedly carry it out." He added that "the times when the powers violated Iran's rights with threats and deception are undoubtedly over."

 

On Wednesday, the Iranian president said that "the world powers have created a dirty microbe, called the Zionist regime, which they have unleashed on the region's nations."

 

Commenting on the assassination of Hizbullah commander Imad Mugniyah, the Iranian president said that "(Israel) murders pure and pious men and then celebrates its efforts."

 

Following these statements, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Dan Gillerman met on Wednesday with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Ban called Ahmadinejad's words "intolerable and inexcusable" and vowed he would address the controversial remarks.

 

During the meeting, which lasted over an hour, the Israeli envoy demanded that the UN officially denounce Ahmadinejad's statement.

 

"The secretary-general was appalled by the Iranians' remarks, even before hearing Ahmadinejad's most recent statement," Gillerman told Ynet after the meeting.

 


First published: 02.22.08, 17:01
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