AHVAZ, Iran, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday the sanctions resolution passed by the U.N. Security Council violates the U.N. Charter.
Ahmadinejad made the accusation during a speech in Ahvaz in Khuzestan province, one of Iran's major oil-producing areas, the Islamic Republic News Agency said.
"The Security Council ratified the illegal resolution against the Iranian nation under the U.S. and British pressure," he said.
While Ahmadinejad was in Ahvaz, a spokesman, Gholam-Hussein Elham, told reporters in Tehran that 3,000 centrifuges now being installed in the nuclear facility at Natanz will be operational by March.
In his speech, the president accused the United States of timing Saddam Hussein's execution to create "discord" in the region.
He also said that Western countries lie about Iraq's nuclear program, saying his country only wants energy independence.
"All nations including the Iranians have no option but to achieve and use nuclear energy," he said. "We should use nuclear energy not to be dependent on bullying powers in the future."