Iran’s president has said that discussions over his country’s nuclear programme are “finished” and Tehran will neither back down nor negotiate further.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that Tehran’s nuclear plans were an issue of rights, declaring that the country’s uranium enrichment efforts would continue.

“From our view point [discussion of] our nuclear issue is finished … we will never negotiate on the Iranian nation’s obvious rights,” he told his first news conference since he was sworn into office following a disputed re-election in June.

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