(Edited from AP, New York) After months of campaigning to avert new U.N. sanctions, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad summed up his case Tuesday and dismissed the threat of further economic penalties over his country’s nuclear program. “Experience has proven that sanctions cannot stop the Iranian nation,” Ahmadinejad told reporters at a hotel across from U.N. headquarters, where a monthlong nuclear treaty conference was in its second day.

(Edited from AP, New York) After months of campaigning to avert new U.N. sanctions, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad summed up his case Tuesday and dismissed the threat of further economic penalties over his country’s nuclear program.

“Experience has proven that sanctions cannot stop the Iranian nation,” Ahmadinejad told reporters at a hotel across from U.N. headquarters, where a monthlong nuclear treaty conference was in its second day.

 

Despite Iran’s defiance, major powers on the 15-nation United Nations Security Council appear resolved to seek further sanctions.

 

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei A. Ryabkov said Tuesday he was “reasonably optimistic” an agreement can be reached on a fourth round of sanctions.

 

The Iranian president has calibrated his globe-trotting since last year in an effort to undermine the pressure the U.S. and its allies are trying to build against Tehran to force it to suspend its uranium enrichment program, which Western powers allege is aimed at building atomic bombs.

 

In recent months he has paid visits to China and Russia, the two nations among the Security Council’s five veto-wielding permanent members that have been reluctant to endorse further sanctions on Iran, and to rotating members such as Uganda and Brazil.

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