Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that Israel and other domineering aren't pleased with the fact that Iran was negotiating its nuclear program, adding that he felt Iran was "leading" world-wide public opinion on the matter.
Speaking in an interview to Iranian television, Ahmadinejad said he hoped the fact that Israel was unhappy with ongoing nuclear talks would not "make the corrupt superpowers turn to the wrong path."
The comment, reported by Israel Radio, comes despite the fact that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the United Nations-drafted deal to curb Iran's contentious nuclear program on Friday, saying it was "a positive first step" toward denying Tehran the means to make nuclear weaponry.
The Iranian president added that his government, as well as the Iranian people, was deeply distrusted negotiations with western powers as a result for their conduct in the past.
"Today the West understands that it cannot run the world without talking to us first," Ahmadinejad said, adding that he felt Iran was "leading global public opinion on the matter."
On Thursday, the New York Times reported that Iran rejected the proposal to ship most of the country's uranium abroad for enrichment in an attempt to resolve the international standoff over its contentious nuclear program.
Iranian President Ahmadinejad declared on Thursday that his country was working with the West to resolve the nuclear standoff.
But a Western diplomat said Iran has rejected a U.S.-backed plan to export most of its enriched uranium, and wants instead to enrich to higher levels under the supervision of the UN - a plan that could speed up Tehran's ability to make a nuclear weapon.
The disconnect between the words of Ahmadinejad and Tehran's decision, as related by the diplomat, reflect the difficulties facing international negotiators trying to persuade Iran to give up enrichment - an activity that could be used to create fissile warhead material.
The United States and allied countries were seeking Iranian agreement to a draft plan proposed last week by International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei at talks grouping negotiators from Iran, the United States, Russia and France.
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