Iran tells West to drop 'bullying' tone
[Dawn] Iran's diminutive President Mahmoud
Short Round Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that the West should drop its "bullying" stance against his country and insisted that sanctions imposed over its nuclear programme were having no more than a "psychological" effect.
"As God is my witness, the Medes and the Persians will not give a damn for (your) bombs, warships and planes," he said in a televised speech in the city of Karaj west of Tehran.
"They say all (options) are on the table. Well, let them rot there. You yourself will rot," he railed, in characteristically fiery
...a single two-syllable word carrying connotations of both incoherence and viciousness. A fiery delivery implies an audience of rubes and yokels, preferably forming up into a mob...
Ahmadinejad said the United States and its EU allies "should talk politely, and recognise the rights of (other) nations, and cooperate instead of showing teeth, and weapons and bombs."
His words came as Iran and major world powers -- the five UN Security Council permanent members and Germany -- are poised to revive stalled talks amid high tensions over Tehran's nuclear activities.
The United States in particular has repeated that "all options are on the table" when it comes to Iran, raising the spectre of military strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities.
US President Barack Obama
They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them...
, though, has cautioned against "bluster" in talking about possible war with Iran, saying there still exists a window of diplomacy.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, welcomed Obama's "good talk" but called US determination to press on with sanctions an "illusion".
Mohammad Nahavandian, the head of Iran's chamber of commerce, said in a statement on Sunday that the opportunity of the new talks with the world powers "should be seized, and we should try to pay serious attention to removing all sanctions."
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