| GEO World|
| Iran's Ahmadinejad dismisses nuclear sanctions|
| Updated at: 1559 PST, Saturday, January 09, 2010|
TEHRAN: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that further UN Security Council sanction will not deter Tehran from pursuing its controversial nuclear programme.
"They issued several resolutions and sanctioned Iran. They think Iranians will fall on their knees over these things but they are mistaken," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in southern Iran carried live on state television.
"We are not interested in conflicts but you are continually demanding things," he said to world powers, led by the United States, which are seeking to curb Iran's atomic ambitions.
"They should not think they can put up obstacles in Iranians' way. I assure the people that the government will whole-heartedly defend Iran's rights and will not back down one iota," he said.
Iran is already under three sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its defiance and refusal to suspend enrichment, which lies at the heart of international fears about its nuclear programme.