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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ahmadinejad Defies UN Resolution

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that UN Security Council resolutions against Tehran would not affect Iran's nuclear policies even if 10 more of them were passed.

The Security Council passed a sanctions resolution Dec. 23 against Iran, calling for the suspension of Iran's nuclear program, which the West fears is aimed at making nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charge.

"The [United Nations] resolution was born dead and even if they issue 10 more of such resolutions it will not affect Iran's economy and policies," Ahmadinejad said in a speech to the parliament broadcast live on state television.

The president has faced increasing public criticism in Iran since the resolution was passed and after his supporters were trounced in local polls in December. Critics say his anti-Western speeches have added to tensions with the West.

But Ahmadinejad has, so far, shown little sign of moderating his tone on the nuclear issue. The final say on that and other matters of state lies with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"They want to say, through a psychological war, that the resolution has been very effective. ... Falsely, they want to say that Iran has paid a price," the president said.

"We have become a nuclear country today without promising anything to the major powers and this is a great victory that belongs to the people and the parliament," he told parliament members.

Although the UN resolution targeted sensitive aspects of Iran's nuclear program, businesses say investors are being scared off because of the fear of escalation and already meager investment flows are drying up.

The resolution demands Iran halt uranium enrichment, the part of Iran's program that most worries the West, within 60 days of it passing. Iran had a deal with European states to suspend enrichment but it broke down in 2005.

"The issue about suspension does not have any logical or legal basis. Therefore it is not acceptable," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told a news conference.

He also repeated that Iran would consider any formal offer of talks with the United States.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Der Spiegel magazine that companies should beware of doing business with Iran and think about the possibility of more sanctions.

"I think people ought to think about the risk of further sanctions. The United States is clearly sanctioning Iranian banks and our laws are very tough on those who deal with banks that we have sanctioned," Rice said, according to an English transcript of the interview.

Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil exporter, is enjoying windfall oil revenues but its efforts to prime the economy with petrodollars is fueling inflation and failing to shrink the country's queues of jobless people, economists say.