Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday dismissed new sanctions aimed at punishing his country for failing to halt part of its nuclear program, calling the latest U.N. resolution "a worthless paper."
During a visit to China's financial hub of Shanghai, Ahmadinejad also accused the United States of hypocrisy for leading the drive to censure Iran and accused President Barack Obama of pursuing the same "bullying" tactics of his predecessor, George W. Bush.


The resolution adopted by the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday "is a piece of paper. A worthless paper," Ahmadinejad said at a news conference while visiting the World Expo in Shanghai. Rather than impeding Iran's development, the resolution "may have an impact on our country by expediting the pace of our development," he said.
The new sanctions seek to punish Iran for rejecting proposals to halt uranium enrichment and take its nuclear fuel from abroad. The West and its allies fear Iran is developing nuclear weapons, though Iran says it is seeking nuclear power only for peaceful energy and medical research purposes. Despite hopes by China that the sanctions would give a boost to renewed negotiations, Ahmadinejad said that could only happen in a "friendly atmosphere." "Having dialogue under a hostile atmosphere has no meaning," Ahmadinejad said.

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