Iran signalled a confrontation with the West yesterday by rejecting a European Union offer to help it to build a nuclear energy programme in return for scrapping operations that could lead to the production of nuclear weapons.
Another interpretation would be the West has deliberately provoked a confrontation with Iran.
n a terse address to parliament Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, IranÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s conservative new president, said that such constraints would constitute a breach of his countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rights. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We respect international norms but we will not agree to outside diktats that are illegal and violate the rights of Iran,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
“Some governments have been trying to deprive our nation of its inalienable rights and that produces resistance in our people . . . I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know why some countries cannot understand that the Iranian people will not succumb to force.”
How dare those uppity Iranians not do what the West orders them to do.