Defiant Ahmadinejad Returns Home on Vote Anniversary

23/06/2010 16:01
DUBAI--A defiant President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday returned home fromair shox shoes a five-day trip that included Turkey and China, as security forces appear to have prevented any significant protests in Tehran marking the one-year anniversary of last year's contested presidential election. Mr. Ahmadinejad and other top officials, some ofNike Basketball Shoes whom have clashed with the president over Iran's nuclear policy in the past, have presented a united front of defiance in the wake of this week's United Nations Security Council vote for new sanctions. Iranian officials immediately condemned the vote earlier in Vibram Five Fingersthe week, emphasizing its non-unanimous nature. Brazil and Turkey voted "no," and Lebanon abstained. At Friday prayer services inMBT Shoes Tehran Ayatollah Sayyid Ahmad Khatami said the vote–by failing to win unanimous backing–"marks a big defeat for the U.S.," according to IRIB, Iran's state broadcaster. On Saturday, Iranian officials also started tonike shoes threaten retaliation. The new sanctions call on U.N. members to inspect vessels in their territorial waters suspected of transporting prohibited items–including nuclear proliferation-related cargo–to and from Iran. Hossein Ebrahimi, a member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said Iran would stop and inspect international ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic entry into the oil-rich Persian Gulf, if Iranian ships were stopped, according to Iran's Press TV, the English-language state news outlet. "Even if one Iranian ship is stopped for [a] security-check, we will act likewise and thoroughly inspect any [Western] ship passing through the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz," Press TV quoted him on Saturday telling a separate Iranian news agency. The U.N. sanctions vote came just days before the one-year anniversary of last year's presidential elections. Some Western officials and analysts worry that the fresh sanctions, while interpreted overseas as a clear rebuke to Mr. Ahmadinejad, could end up harnessing public support for the regime. Mr. Ahmadinejad's insistence that Iran has the right todiscount Nike Shoes develop a nuclear program is deeply popular in Iran, and many Iranians bristle at past U.N. and U.S. sanctions. The government has said it's building a peaceful nuclear-energy program, but Western and Arab capitals accuse Tehran of pursuing nuclear weapons. Even leading opposition figures have rallied around Iran's right to wholesale nike shoesdevelop peaceful nuclear energy. But they have also criticized what they say is Mr. Ahmadinejad's antagonistic foreign policy for needlessly isolating Iran. Opposition leaders had planned to mark Saturday's anniversary with nike shoes on salefresh protests. Student leaders called for demonstrations at universities across Iran, and two defeated presidential candidates, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi, sought permission for a peaceful demonstration. Later in the week, however, the two called for supporters to nike shoes for salestay at home after they failed to secure approval from city officials in Tehran. Mr. Ahmadinejad was declared the winner ofnike shoes outlet the June 12, 2009, vote. But opposition leaders accused the government of stealing the election, triggering months of violent clashes between demonstrators and police. Mr. Ahmadinejad's government clamped down hard, snuffing street demonstrations earlier this year with a number of draconian measures, including arrests, heavy-handed crackdowns on protests, media blackouts of demonstrations and restrictions on cell phone and Internet usage. Opposition leaders have tried to fight back, publicly attempting to broaden their support among Iranians. They have tried to align themselves, in particular, with union leaders, disaffected workers and other middle class and lower class Iranians, who are struggling with the country's high unemployment and inflation. But so far, those efforts haven't shown much gain. Some of Mr. Ahmadinejad's supporters have criticized the president for his economic stewardship. But the regime has also made it clear that security forces won't tolerate strikes or other forms of workers' action any more than it will allow political protests.Reebok answer XII Steve Nash Tim Duncan Tony Parker Tracy McGrady