Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that his country would not give up its right to nuclear technology despite the mounting pressure for a quick response to the six-nation proposal, the state-run television reported.
Ahmadinejad warned that his country would "revise" the current cooperation with the international authorities after the six world powers' decision to send Iran's nuclear issue back to the UN Security Council, the report said.
"We have chosen a track of peace and the track is in the framework of the regulations," the president said, adding the West "must understand if Iran believes they are not in earnest (to resolve the problem), they will revise the current policies."
"Iran will continue its legal track and if they (Western countries) want to create tensions, they must be responsible for the possible consequences," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.
"Our stance to the six-nation package is very clear, the Islamic Republic of Iran respects international laws and regulations but will not abandon its right to nuclear technology," said the president.
He reiterated that Iran would not give its response to the six- nation proposal before Aug. 22, saying that Iran was ready for talks over the proposal.
Western countries have been pressing Tehran to respond to the six-nation package before this Saturday, the time of an upcoming Group of Eight summit in Russia.
In a meeting of the six world powers in Paris on Wednesday, foreign officials agreed to send Iran back to the UN Security Council after it failed to respond quickly enough to the six- nation proposal aimed at defusing a nuclear standoff.
"Iran has given no indication at all that they are ready to engage seriously on the substance of our proposals," French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said in a declaration to the press following the talks.
"We have no choice but to return to the United Nations Security Council and take forward the process that was suspended two months ago," he added.
On June 6, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana presented Iran with a package on Iran's nuclear issue, which is backed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.
The proposal includes both incentives aimed at persuading Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and possible sanctions if Iran does not comply.