Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

'West has no right to stop Iran-Pakistan pipeline'

Mahmoud-AhmadinejadTehran, March 11 : Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Monday said the West "has no right to obstruct" the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.

The pipeline project has nothing to do with the nuclear issue, said Ahmadinejad at a ceremony attended by his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari to inaugurate the project in Iran's southeastern Chabahar city, reported Xinhua.

The $7.5-billion project was launched Monday despite strong opposition by the US.

Ahmadinejad claims ‘Iran already a nuclear state’

Ahmadinejad claims ‘Iran already a nuclear state’ New York, Feb 7 : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has declared that his country is a nuclear power and should be treated as such.

During an interview with an Egyptian newspaper on the eve of his visit to Cairo, he also stressed that his regime has no plans to use that capability for an attack on Israel.

Ahmadinejad told the newspaper Al-Ahram, according to the Israeli website Haaretz, that Iran is `already an industrial and nuclear country, a country that has conquered space.'

Ahmadinejad survives ‘shoe attack’ on historic Egypt visit

Ahmadinejad survives ‘shoe attack’ on historic Egypt visit Washington, Feb 6 : A new video has emerged that shows a man using a shoe apparently to try and strike Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he greeted a crowd in Egypt.

The video, uploaded to YouTube by a Turkish news service, showed Ahmadinejad in a crush of people smiling and shaking hands until a bearded man comes in the frame holding a shoe high over his head.

The shoe comes down twice in Ahmadinejad's direction, but too far from the Iranian leader to pose a threat.

Iranian president pays first visit to Egypt since 1979

Mahmoud-AhmadinejadCairo, Feb 5 : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Egypt''s capital Cairo on Tuesday, the first visit by an Iranian president to Egypt since 1979.

Ahmadinejad will participate in the upcoming Islamic Summit slated for Feb. 6-7, the first one since the Egyptian unrest broke out, also the first one that Egypt has hosted since the establishment of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 1969.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad slams use of pressure to impose Islamic values

Iran’s Ahmadinejad slams use of pressure to impose Islamic valuesJohannesburg, Jan 1 : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has again condemned the use of pressure to impose Islamic values on people.

Ahmadinejad stressed that one cannot impose things by issuing decrees and directives, and the choice imposed by force has no value.

According to News24, he also criticised criteria on the selection of university candidates, citing the case of a student denied university admittance in the 1980s because he had shaved.

Ahmadinejad sacks Iran’s sole female lawmaker from health post

Ahmadinejad sacks Iran’s sole female lawmaker from health postLondon, Dec 28 : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sacked Health Minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi, the sole woman in his cabinet.

Dastjerdi was also the first woman minister in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic.

According to the BBC, no reason has been given for the dismissal, but it is being linked to her call for drug price rises to fight shortages caused by international sanctions.

Ahmadinejad rejected her comments, saying her budget needs had been met, the state-run media reported.

Iran accuses U.S. of bullying China on U.N. sanctions

Iran accuses U.S. of bullying China on U.N. sanctionsU. N. sanctions against Iran amounted to worthless paper and accused the United States of bullying China into going along with them, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that the Iranian president, while visiting Shanghai, seemed conciliatory toward China while expressing anger for the United States and Israel.

Ahmadinejad said, "We have very good relations with China, and we have no reason to weaken our relations with China. I said the problem is the United States."

Iran, Syria to create new world order: Ahmadinejad

Iran, Syria to create new world order: AhmadinejadTehran, Jan 7 : Iran and Syria plan to create a new world order, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday.

"Iran and Syria have a joint mission to create a new world order on the basis of justice, humanity and belief in God," Ahmadinejad told visiting Syrian Parliament Speaker Mahmoud al-Abrash.

Syria is Iran's main ally in the Middle East and both countries consider Israel to be their political arch-foe.

Ahmadinejad links unrest to US, 'Zionists'

mahmoud-ahmadinejadTehran, Dec 30 : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tuesday blamed the latest unrest in his country on the US and Israel, the ISNA news agency reported.

"This is a play staged by the US and Zionists (Israel) which just makes us puke," said Ahmadinejad in his first reaction to Sunday's protests against him and his government.

"Both those who staged and those who acted in this play are making a mistake, as the Iranian nation has seen many such plays and will not be affected," the president added.

Ahmadinejad terms European politicians 'one more stupid than the other'

Ahmadinejad terms European politicians 'one more stupid than the other'Tehran, Dec 26 :Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Saturday termed European politicians "one more stupid than the other".

"These (European) politicians neither know anything about politics nor about history," Fars news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying in a speech at at Arak mosque in Tehran.

Nuclear energy key to combat climate change: Ahmadinejad

Nuclear energy key to combat climate change: AhmadinejadCopenhagen, Dec 17 :Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday accused the US of hindering his country's efforts to combat climate change by opposing its nuclear programme.

"American leaders and their friends emphasise continued increase of fossil fuel production, whilst they resort to various coercive methods to hinder development of new technologies intended to promote the use of renewable and clean energy," Ahmadinejad said at a UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Iran does not want escalation over nuclear dispute: Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud AhmadinejadTehran, Dec 9 : Iran does not want further escalation in the dispute over its nuclear programmes and wants talks with the world powers, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday.

"We do not welcome any escalation and are ready to hold further talks [with world powers] over global issues," Ahmadinejad said after a cabinet session in Tehran, reiterating previous offers of talks, which, however, did exclude the nuclear issue in the past.

Protests precede Ahmadinejad's visit to Brazil

Protests precede Ahmadinejad's visit to Brazil Brasilia  - Several hundred people on Sunday protested the upcoming visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, taking him to task for his denial of the Holocaust.

The protests, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, are expected to be followed by protests by the Jewish community on Monday in the nation's capital, Brasilia.

Ahmadinejad: Iran to go its way despite Western warnings

Ahmadinejad: Iran to go its way despite Western warningsTehran  - Iran will go its way despite Western warnings, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday, brushing off international warnings after the Islamic state apparently rejected a compromise deal on its controversial nuclear programme.

"The ill-wishers and enemies of our country do not want us to have progress and prosperity and therefore we should go on our way and keep the unity for realizing our aims by ourselves," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the city of Tabriz, north-western Iran.

Iran’s nuclear rights not negotiable, says Ahmadinejad

Iran’s nuclear rights not negotiable, says AhmadinejadTehran, Nov. 16 : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reiterated that his country has every right to be a nuclear power, and confrontation on this issue would only make the country "more powerful and more developed."

Ahmadinejad added that nuclear activities in Iran were happening within the framework of IAEA regulations.

“Iran is ready for constructive and honest cooperation with western countries in the field of nuclear technology," the Jerusalem Post quoted him, as saying.

Iran's president calls on US to drop support for Israel

Iran's president calls on US to drop support for Israel Tehran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday called on the United States to drop its support for Israel to prove its claim of wanting change.

"You have to choose between your prestige in the world or support for the Zionist regime [Israel]," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in Mashad in north-eastern Iran that was broadcast on television. "You have to chose one of the two options."

Ahmadinejad: Iran would welcome uranium exchange deal

Iranian President Mahmoud AhmadinejadTehran  - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that Iran would welcome a uranium exchange deal proposed with Russia, the United States and France.

"We welcome the uranium exchange deal and are ready for cooperation, but the countries involved in the deal should also fulfil their commitments," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in Mashad in north-eastern Iran that was broadcast on television.

Ahmadinejad did not say whether Iran would definitely accept the deal as it was agreed in Vienna last week or demand amendments.

Ahmadinejad hails Turkish premier for supporting nuclear programme

Ahmadinejad hails Turkish premier for supporting nuclear programmTehran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday hailed visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's support of Tehran's nuclear programme and for its anti-Israel stance, state media reported.

"What kind of justice is that an illegitimate state (Israel) has atomic weapons and other countries are deprived from having even peaceful nuclear programmes," Ahmadinejad told Erdogan in a meeting in Tehran.

Ahmadinejad urges Zardari to confront Jundallah Group

 Ahmadinejad urges Zardari to confront Jundallah GroupTehran (Iran), Oct. 19 : Iran''s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday urged Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to confront the Jundallah, a Sunni militant group which Tehran says was behind the bombing on Revolutionary Guard commanders in the southeastern part of his country on Sunday.

"Iran and Pakistan have a brotherly relationship, but the presence of terrorist elements in Pakistan is not justifiable," Ahmadinejad told Zardari during a telephone call received from Zardari, Iran''s official IRNA news agency said.

Ahmadinejad asks Pak to quickly hand over ‘security agents’ involved in IRG attack

Ahmadinejad asks Pak to quickly hand over ‘security agents’ involved in IRG attackTehran, Oct. 19: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked the Pakistan Government to quickly apprehend and hand over “some security agents” to Iran who were reportedly involved in the Sunday''''s attack on the Revolutionary Guards.

"We were informed that some security agents in Pakistan are cooperating with the main elements of this terrorist incident... We regard it as our right to demand these criminals from them," The News quoted Ahmadinejad, as saying.

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