Iran urges West to 'correct its manners'

2012-05-14 18:07

Tehran - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday urged the West to "correct its manners" if it wants to win the respect of Iranians, as Tehran and the world powers meet in Baghdad this month to discuss Iran's contested nuclear programme.

"If the West corrects its manners and respects the Iranian people, in return it will gain the respect of the Iranians," the official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying in the northeastern city of Qoochan where he is on a provincial tour.

"They should know that the Iranian nation will not retreat a step over its fundamental right," he said, reiterating the Islamic republic's position over its nuclear drive which the West suspects is masking a weapons programme.

Iran vehemently denies the charge.

The Baghdad dialogue on 23 May comes after Iran and the world powers resumed negotiations over Tehran's atomic programme in Istanbul in April after more than a year of hiatus.

Several Iranian officials have aired remarks similar to what Ahmadinejad said as the dialogue between Tehran and the world powers nears.

Obligations and rights

Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast on Monday said that Tehran will "welcome" a Baghdad meeting which is not influenced by "pressure and preconditions".

"If 5+1 intends to co-operate in a positive atmosphere in the talks, we will welcome such negotiations. Fortunately there was a positive atmosphere in Istanbul which formed a basis for talks founded on Non-Proliferation Treaty [NPT]. This is a good framework," Mehmanparast was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.

"According to NPT we have some obligations and some rights that we should enjoy. But we have to wait until the Baghdad talks for the details of the agreement," he added.

The Iranian media also reported late on Sunday that Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, had told visiting former French prime minister Michel Rocard that "any kind of wrong calculations by the West will not yield success in the talks".

"In Baghdad we are awaiting actions to secure the Iranian people's trust," Jalili was quoted as saying.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-14 18:44

    At least they have some something that Iran does not have!!!!

  • Michele - 2012-05-14 18:52

    I don't think this prize idiot is in any position to "urge " anything. he has some serious problems back home politically and econonimaccly to deal with. Perhaps if he stopped baiting his opposition he would get a little further than the stone wall he currently faces. the man is about as power hungry as you can get and the khomeini has had his hands full containing the idiot. Reminds me of a certain young S.A rascal who also never knows when he has overstayed his welcome.

  • Larry - 2012-05-14 19:43

    One does not treat a pig with manners. It is not the Iranian people who are ill-treated by the West, because they are disenfranchised and have no democratic input in their own country. They are subjugated by despotic Islamic leadership. It is this leadership that wants better manners from democratic Western governments. They do not deserve any better than a swift kick given to a mangy cur. Cheeky rubbish.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-14 19:58

    He's a child. Which says a lot about the paternalistic, chauvinistic Ayatollahs who appointed him.

  • lenzi.marques - 2012-05-15 02:10

    I have come to the conclusion that if the media told people up is down and down is up most would agree..

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-19 15:11

      If the media reports that up is down, you automatically believe it's up. This is immature.

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-05-15 08:30

    Whenever these guys shout off terms and threats before talks you know they walking a tight rope .

  • Henry - 2012-05-15 09:15

    Yesterday he would destroy Israel with his harsh words , today the world must learn manners or else. Golly but this man is a clown of note

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