'They're living in the past.' Ahmadinejad
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Iran: Not obligated to report uranium sites

President Ahmadinejad says Iran not obliged to inform IAEA of plans to build nuke sites 'unless technology is imported.' Adds: Talk of isolating us 'psychological war launched by West'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  said on Tuesday the country did not have to tell the UN nuclear agency about its plans to build nuclear sites unless it used imported technology.


"We are not obliged to inform the International Atomic Energy Agency about our plans to build nuclear sites unless the technology is imported," Ahmadinejad told state television.


Earlier Ahmadinejad said the West could not isolate Iran over its nuclear activities. "Talking about isolating Iran (over its nuclear work) is a psychological war launched by the West ... Iran is a unique country ... and no country can isolate it," he told state television.


"It is ridiculous. They (West) need us more than we need them. They're living in the past," he said.


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) passed a resolution on Friday censuring Iran for covertly constructing a second uranium enrichment plant near the holy city of Qom -- in addition to its IAEA-monitored one at Natanz -- and demanding a construction halt.


Tehran fueled tension with the West on Sunday by announcing its plan to build 10 more uranium enrichment sites in retaliation for the resolution, backed by Russia and China.


Washington and its European allies fear Iran will use its declared civilian nuclear energy program to covertly build bombs, not electricity. Tehran says it has no such intention.


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