When it comes to U.S. sanctions on nuclear weapons, human rights violations or anything else, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has heard it all before. According to Iranian online news website PressTV, Ahmadinejad is prepared to simply “shrug off” any American threats of economic penalty. This time around, it’s over the claim that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons program. This is something Ahmadinejad denies vehemently, saying that the U.S. has “not a shred of evidence.” Regarding sanctions, Ahmadinejad essentially has said to the rest of the world “bring them on,” that Iran is “well-prepared.” That doesn’t mean the country has same day cash loans at the ready, however, as Islam prohibits interest rates in lending.
Ahmadinejad says 30 years of sanctions make the latest no problem
“Iran is not worried about U.S. sanctions; it is used to 30 years of sanctions,” Ahmadinejad said in an interview with Charlie Rose that broadcast May 3. ”Sanctions are meaningless in the world of free trade,” he added. In the mind of Ahmadinejad, this action is another attempt by the U.S. government to make the Iranian nuclear program a political hot-button issue for its own gain. As part of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran sees that it has the right to use nuclear technology in the service of civilians.
Ahmadinejad says he does not want the bomb
PressTV – perhaps not the most unbiased source for accurately portraying truth behind the Iranian government’s public face, as Iran is not known to be a country that values freedom of the press – refers extensively to Ahmadinejad’s anti-nuke stance. He claims he is opposed and does not want to make such weapons, but he also says that he would not be afraid to announce his invent if he did in fact decide to construct nuclear weaponry. As a chaser, Ahmadinejad follows up the bravado with more safe speech about how “Nuclear weapons are the gravest danger that threatens our world. Iran has solutions for nuclear disarmament, preventing the Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and building a peaceful world,” according to PressTV. That’s pretty big talk from a president who may not have actually won his country’s most recent election.
Ahmadinejad has demanded a timetable
Whether that timetable will be for eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide or for the next moment at which he will step forward and rattle some UN and U.S. cages remains to be seen. The Ahmadinejad presentation at the 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty before the UN set out numerous details about how to strengthen regulations that would lead toward disarmament, but one wonders if Iran will be willing to walk the walk.