TEHRAN, April 13 (UPI) -- Hours before the chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog arrived in Iran, the president said that his country will not discuss its right to become a nuclear power.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told university students and professors in the northeast city of Mashar Wednesday night that "Iran's conditions have changed completely as it became a nuclear state and can talk to other states from that stand."
He stressed that Iran's possession of the nuclear fuel cycle falls within the rules and regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
"The peaceful Iranian nuclear technology will not pose a threat to any party because we want peace and stability and we will not cause injustice to anyone and at the same time we will not submit to injustice," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by Iranian news agency IRNA Thursday.
He stressed that "we will not hold any negotiations over the Iranian people's nuclear rights and no one has the right to take a step back on the way which we have taken in that regard."
Ahmadinejad noted that Iranian diplomacy "is working hard," stressing, however, that "the crisis is at present in the camp of the enemies of the Iranian people."
Ahmadinejad made the comments on the eve of a visit by IAEA chief Mohammed ElBaradei who arrived in Tehran Thursday "to seek a settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic means," IRNA reported.
In a related development, Cairo's mass-circulation pro-government daily al-Ahran warned Iran against producing nuclear weapons.
"Iran's possession of nuclear arms will not serve the interests of the region which suffers from a terrible arms race and violence," the paper said.
"It is Iran's right to possess nuclear technology for peaceful objectives, but Iran has to provide undisputed evidence that it will not seek to produce nuclear weapons," the paper added.