Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ridiculed the European Union (EU) proposal that offers incentives for Iran to give up ambitions to enrich uranium fuel likening the offer of "candy for gold."
Addressing a crowd a Arak, where a heavy water nuclear facility was being built much to the chagrin of the West, he said that "Iran will not accept any suspension or freeze" of nuclear work. Western nations are worried about the ability of Iran to use the plutonium from Arak facility in bombs.
Referring to failed diplomatic efforts, Ahmadinejad said "We trusted you three years ago and accepted suspension but unfortunately this proved to be a bitter experience in Iranian history." He vowed that Iran "will not be bitten by the same snake twice." Iran suspended nuclear activities through the Paris Agreement in 2003 but has since unilaterally abrogated it.
Ahmadinejad warned that pressure on Iran would produce unintended consequences including the exodus of nations out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy called for world unity to bring Iran around and defuse the "serious crisis" that Iran's nuclear program is causing the world. While he insisted that the world community is working together on the issue, he warned, "Nothing is worse than not having the international community united on this subject." This was an obvious reference to China and Russia opposing sanctions on Iran and calling for diplomacy to work.