Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad led his country today in a daring show of nuclear strength to the West by loading domestically made nuclear fuel rods into the Tehran research reactor.
Addressing the world through a televised speech, Ahmadinejad reiterated that his country's atomic programme stands on the principle of peace and not annihilation.
The president said that science and knowledge are heritage of mankind and US and co. cannot monopolise them and deprive other countries.
"The Western countries are arrogant powers of the world, they have looted all of us," he said.
The president made it clear that Iran is not building bombs and nuclear power does not necessarily means war.
"Anywhere people hear the world 'nuclear' they think of bomb. It is not so," Ahmadinejad said, adding that Iranian nuke technology will suffice the country's energy and medical needs.
President Ahmadinejad accused the Western powers of killing Iran's scientists and 'bullying' them for all these years.
He said the US is killing their scientists, because they don't want Iran to progress.
"You (Western powers) will not talk, you will want us to sit on the table and sign whatever you give. But that time is over now," the president said.
Commenting on the global hypocrisy, the president said, "Right now how many countries around us with bombs? They have 10,000 bombs, yet they say they are against bombs."
He said Iran has finally learned the hard way.
"The Western countries can no more stop us. All our enemies are too weak. US is not at all powerful. We have shown what we can do," Ahmadinejad said.
Iran's capacity to increase nuclear fuel production has enhanced by 50 percent, and the country has 9,000 nuclear centrifuges.
Ahmadinejad said that Iran will proceed with the nuclear project and it will not be affected by any propaganda.
First Published On : Feb 15, 2012 20:34 IST