Tehran: Comparing Iran’s nuclear programme to a train without brakes, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on 25 February 2007 said his country would move forward with the programme despite international demands that it halt uranium enrichment.
The hard-line leader also repeated his call for negotiations, saying the time for “bullying” had expired.
“The train of Iranian nation is without brakes and rear gear,” the state-run radio quoted Ahmadinejad as telling a gathering of Islamic clerics. “We dismantled the rear gear and brakes of the train and threw them away sometime ago.”
Ahmadinejad’s comments come a day before senior officials of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, the US, France, China and Russia — and Germany were set to meet for an emergency summit in London to discuss measures against Tehran over its defiant nuclear stance.
The International Atomic Energy Agency last week reported that Iran had ignored a UN Security Council ultimatum to freeze its uranium enrichment programme and instead had expanded the programme by setting up hundreds of centrifuges.
Ahmadinejad also said Western countries feel threatened by Iran’s nuclear programme because they feel their own powers are diminishing.
“The Westerners are not concerned about the existence and activity of ... centrifuges in Iran; they are concerned about the collapse of their hegemony and hollow power,” the radio quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.