Ahmadinejad, Clinton Step Up War of Words

He says West would 'regret' imposing sanctions
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2010 3:34 PM CST
Ahmadinejad, Clinton Step Up War of Words
U.S.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a press conference with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, right, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says foreign governments would "regret" imposing fresh sanctions on Iran for its nuclear enrichment. The Iranian president vowed to continue enriching uranium to the 20% purity level needed for medical research, regardless of the opinion of the international community. "If anybody seeks to create problems for Iran, our response will not be like before," Ahmadinejad said. "Something will be done in response that will make them regret it."

His comments came a day after Hillary Clinton warned that Iran is heading toward a military dictatorship, notes the Wall Street Journal. She kept up her criticism today, presenting a list of actions that contradict the government's claim that its nuclear research is for peaceful purposes, the New York Times reports. “You have to ask yourself: why are they doing this?" Clinton said in Saudi Arabia. “The evidence doesn’t support that.” (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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