IN an interview to host Malaysia's television ahead of the D-8 Summit, Iranian President Mehmoud Ahmedinejad has been forthright about the controversy over which Iran has been involved, and has once again reiterated his country's right to pursue uranium enrichment under the treaty which created the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which uses the IAEA as the main enforcer. He has castigated the world powers for saying they will negotiate on one hand, and on the other threatening and demanding that rights be given up. Once again, he vowed not to give up any legitimate rights. With reference to the very recent American and Israeli manoeuvres against Iran, thinly disguised as exercises, he was very certain that they would 'not dare' to attack Iran in the 'face of the will of the Iranian people'. President Ahmedinejad was also speaking in the context of the as-yet undisclosed Iranian response to the offer by six countries - the USA, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain - aimed at halting the Iranian enrichment programme. In this context, he described the US President's desires as 'satanic', and said, "...we will negotiate... on common subjects because negotiations in an unbalanced climate will have no result." By this, he announced what the West is not used to hearing from Third World leaders: a readiness to claim rights enjoyed by Western countries, but forbidden to the Third World, regardless of Western anger. The time has come for the rest of the Muslim world to stop running with the hares while hunting with the hounds, and to come out with a firm and unequivocal stand in defence of Iran and its right to peaceful nuclear technology, and thus the right of every country. The D8 Summit is probably the handiest occasion to make a start, with Iran also attending, as well as the Muslim world's only declared nuclear power, Pakistan. The summiteers could do worse than concert measures releasing illegitimate pressure from Iran.