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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed the UN Security Council's fourth set of sanctions against his nation's nuclear program. He calls the effort a "torn piece of paper." He made the statement at a Tehran rally marking National Journalists' Day on Saturday.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, "They say we want to put the nation under pressure through sanctions, so the nation will push on the government. They have published sanctions with the purpose of imposing pressure on the Iranian nation, which is not worth even a penny, but they attempt to imply through propaganda that everything is messed up in Iran, everybody is scared, and they have surrendered."
As a sign of continued defiance, Ahmadinejad insisted that Iran will not retreat from its nuclear stance, despite sanctions. His remarks come as the country prepares for new nuclear talks with world powers, and amid continued fears that Tehran might be seeking to develop nuclear arms. Iran insists it wants to enrich uranium only to make fuel for a planned reactor network. Since the country started its enrichment program eight years ago, Tehran has defied four UN Security Council sanctions meant to pressure it into halting the enrichment program.