Ahmadinejad insists Iran has legal right to pursue nuclear program Jeannie Shawl at 7:41 AM ET
[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official website; BBC profile] said Friday that Iran has a legal right to pursue its nuclear program and condemned a draft UN Security Council resolution currently being circulated [JURIST report], saying it does not have a legal basis. In comments during a summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization [official website] in Azerbaijan, Ahmadinejad also said that Iran was willing to act according to International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] regulations, but insisted that "the rights of both sides should be respected." Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev [official website], meanwhile, said Friday that "if international law and regulations of international organizations provides the opportunity for a country to obtain nuclear energy, then there should not be any contradiction [in] this respect."
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