Iran opposes U.S. dominance in Mideast region: president

21:52, December 22, 2009      

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that his country strongly opposes the influence and dominance of the United States in the Middle East region, the local satellite Press TV reported.

Ahmadinejad said the United States will definitely fail in the Middle East, as the regional nations will not allow it to dominate the region, according to the report.

Iran strongly opposes U.S. plans to spread its dominance in the region, the president said Tuesday when addressing people in Shiraz, the capital of Iran's southern province of Fars.

"The problem is that the U.S. seeks to dominate the Middle East but the Iranian nation is an obstacle," and issues such as Iran's nuclear program and human rights in Iran were nothing but mere "pretexts", he was quoted as saying.

The United States and its Western allies accused Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons under the disguise of developing civilian nuclear power. Iran has denied the accusation and stressed that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.

Ahmadinejad Tuesday rejected the U.S. claims that Tehran was making nuclear bombs.

"(You should) know that if we wanted to build bombs, we would have enough courage to announce that we were making bombs," Press TV quoted him as saying. 

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