Iran's Ahmadinejad slams European "puppets" of U.S.

TEHRAN Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:50am EST

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures during his visit to speak in Shahrekord in Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari province, 521 km (326 miles) southwest of Tehran, November 9, 2011. REUTERS/President.ir/Handout

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures during his visit to speak in Shahrekord in Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari province, 521 km (326 miles) southwest of Tehran, November 9, 2011.

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TEHRAN (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday denounced European countries that are tightening sanctions on Iran as puppets of a U.S. master and said he was surprised at their moves to isolate Tehran's central bank.

"We have had no relations with America for the past 32 years so we had no relationship with them yesterday and won't have tomorrow," Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live on state television.

"But we are surprised by these European puppets, who immediately repeat whatever their master says like impotent servants."

The United States, Britain and Canada announced new sanctions on Iran's energy and financial sectors on Monday and the European Union followed suit the next day in a concerted effort to pressure Tehran to halt its nuclear program.

Britain banned all transactions with the Central Bank of Iran; France and the Netherlands have called for similar action. The move has rattled politicians in Iran where some lawmakers have called for the expulsion of the British ambassador.

"They have said 'we should cut relations with the central bank and block the money of the Iranian people'," Ahmadinejad said, accusing Western countries of wanting to plunder Iranian bank accounts abroad to ease their own economic crises.

"Any expropriation of the Iranian people's foreign exchange reserves is considered major theft and the Iranian people will treat those who do this as thieves," he told a large crowd gathered at an outdoor venue near Tehran.

The latest sanctions were prompted by a U.N. nuclear watchdog report that suggested Iran has worked on an atomic bomb design. Tehran maintains its nuclear work is entirely peaceful and said the report was based on false Western intelligence.

(Reporting by Mitra Amiri; Writing by Robin Pomeroy; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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rob1990 wrote:
False “western”(Israeli) intelligence. Just like the WMD’s in Iraq(a major threat to Israel before we invaded) which were never found.

They also speculated that the Taliban/Al Qaeda had a nuclear weapon at their disposal, but so far that has proven false.

Maybe when we get our military “intelligence” from a reputable source, we wouldn’t be making a fool of our selves and out countries.

Nov 23, 2011 9:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
boreal wrote:
Aren’t these eager banking cowboys shoot themselves in the foot when they try to exclude Iran a major oil producer form western run banking networks? What if the center of financial gravity shifts from London to eastward into emerging economic powerhouses all the way to China and once lost never to return?

Nov 23, 2011 10:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
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