Iran warns of response to nuke sanctions
TEHRAN, Iran -
Iran's firebrand president warned on Monday that his country would respond with an "appropriate and firm response" to any U.N. sanction over its nuclear program.
The comments by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came as key United Nations Security Council members were considering a draft European resolution that would impose punishing measures on Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
"Efforts by the big powers will only incite anger and hatred," the hard-line leader told a large crowd on the outskirts of Tehran.
"The Iranian nation will respond to restrictive activities with an appropriate and firm response," he said without elaborating.
Meanwhile, Mohamed ElBaradei, who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency, said at the U.N. that his organization has not been able to verify that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful.
Tehran insists its nuclear efforts are solely geared at peacefully producing electricity.