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. Iran foreign ministry says IAEA resolution "unacceptable"
TEHRAN (AFP) Aug 11, 2005
The Iranian foreign ministry said Thursday that a resolution passed by the UN nuclear watchdog demanding an immediate halt to sensitive uranium processing activity was "unacceptable".

Reiterating comments made by a member of the nuclear negotiating team in Vienna earlier, ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said the International Atomic Energy Agency text was a "political resolution adopted under pressure from the United States and its allies."

Asefi accused the Britain, France and Germany, who led the talks with Iran on a voluntary abandonment of sensitive nuclear activities, of acting "contrary to the negotiations of the past two years and the agreements" between the two sides.

"The Islamic republic of Iran will never give up its legitimate rights and still insists on mastering civil nuclear technology," he said.

The IAEA adopted by consensus Thursday an EU-sponsored resolution calling on Iran to halt nuclear fuel work it has begun at a uranium conversion facility in Isfahan in violation of an agreement to suspend such activity reached with the European Union last November in Paris.

The agency left the door open to further talks if Iran complies.

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