Iran's Ahmadinejad: proposed sanctions not legal
Associated Press

KAMPALA, Uganda — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flouted any more United Nations sanctions on his nuclear program as illegal Saturday, insisting he will not submit to any such pressure based on the United States and Britain "lying" about the evidence.

The Iranian leader, wrapping up two days of talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, lambasted the Western allies for pressing for another round of U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran.

Ahmadinejad let loose when asked by an Associated Press reporter to discuss his effort to evade more U.N. sanctions by meeting with Uganda, a non-permanent member of the 15-nation council. The council is preparing to consider a fourth round of sanctions on Tehran for its nuclear defiance.

"The nuclear issue of Iran has turned into a big test for the entire world," Ahmadinejad said, adding that the U.S. and Britain "say they are concerned about the building of a nuclear bomb, but they are lying like the other previous lies."

He was referring to unsubstantiated U.S. claims that Saddam Hussein's regime had weapons of mass destruction, a key Bush administration rationale for the 2003 Iraq war. An exhaustive search turned up no nuclear, chemical or biological weapons or any evidence there was an active program to develop it.

"The measures that have been taken or are going to be taken by the United States and its allies in the U.N. Security Council lack the legal validity," Ahmadinejad said. ... >>>

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