Iran Celebrates Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
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Iran's President Ahmadinejad addressing the Bahman 22 rally

Millions of Iranians took to the streets throughout the country on Monday to attend the rallies marking the 29th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

In Tehran, people came together at Azadi square and chanted slogans such as: “Down with the U.S.”, “Down with Israel”, and “Nuclear energy is our inalienable right”.

A statement was issued at the end of the rally in Tehran affirming national unity, reiterating the nation’s desire to continue the country’s peaceful nuclear activities, and condemning the Zionist regime’s criminal acts in occupied Palestine.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech at the rally stating that the “nuclear issue is over.”

“Now, in our view, the nuclear issue is over; everyone has acknowledged the Iranian nation has acted within its rights, and the enemies can not do anything but to play with pieces of paper and launch propagandas,” Ahmadinejad said.

Iran will continue its nuclear activities within a legal framework, he asserted.

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Iran has reaffirmed commitment to Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

He said enemies falsely supposed that they can, by threats, resolutions, sanctions, and psychological war, make Iran retreat, but they have been wrong as usual.

"On Iran's nuclear program, they spoiled reputation of their own and that of the UN Security Council, proving inefficiency of the Council.

"Some UN Security Council's permanent members, in the name of peace and security, made anti-Iran decisions based on their wrong perception and dictated it to the Council.

"Unfortunately, instead of apologizing to the great Iranian nation, some powers are complaining against non-observation of the UN Security Council's former decisions. I tell them not to insist on your mistakes. They should know that the Iranian nation will never give up its nuclear rights."

He said the west should find a way to make good on its past mistakes.

"We have repeatedly announced that nuclear activities of the Iranian nation are within framework of laws and regulations. I recommend them (westerners) to make recourse to justice and the law.
That's to the interest of all," he added.

"They should know that any decision against Iran on its nuclear program or other issues will definitely tarnish their own image and reputation," he said, while addressing a large crowd of ralliers in Tehran Monday.

Ahmadinejad said Iran will not withdraw from its indisputable nuclear rights since its nuclear program is fully in accordance with the international law.

He insisted Iran will fight for its causes to the last breath and will not give any concessions to the enemies.

The president congratulated Iranians on the 29th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution and thanked the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and the Iranian nation for supporting the government in its nuclear policies.

Pointing to the recent atrocities against Palestinians, Ahmadinejad said Iran would support the oppressed nations of the world, particularly the Palestinians-a remark that triggered thunderous chants of "Down with Israel" from the crowd.

The president also announced that two other research rockets will be fired soon, and Iran’s first home-produced satellite will be launched in the summer.

Iran fired a research rocket on February 4 to inaugurate its first space center which will be used to launch research satellites.

Ahmadinejad has stated earlier that the “Researcher One” rocket which will carry the first homemade satellite named Omid (Hope) will be launched into orbit in the next Iranian calendar year which begins March 20.

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