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. Tehran orchestrates 'nuclear symphony'
TEHRAN, Jan 27 (AFP) Jan 27, 2007
Iranian musicians will play a "nuclear symphony" on February 11 as part of events celebrating the victory of the 1979 Islamic revolution, the local media reported Saturday.

"The nuclear symphony will be performed by a 100-strong orchestra in Azadi (freedom) square," deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance in charge of arts affairs, Mohammad Hossein Imani, was quoted as saying by the Tehran Times.

The newspaper gave no further details of the event.

Iranian officials have already hinted there will be a major announcement on the country's controversial nuclear programme during the upcoming 28th anniversary celebrations of the Islamic revolution.

The West suspects that the Islamic republic is seeking to manufacture nuclear weapons as it continues to defy a UN Security Council demand to suspend its sensitive nuclear enrichment programme.

The "nuclear symphony" will not be the first time Iranians have shown their pride in acquiring atomic technology.

In January 2006, Iran's postal service came up with a stamp that features the statement "Peaceful Nuclear Technology is the Absolute Right for Iran" in both English and Farsi.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad even dubbed April 9 as the "national day of nuclear technology" to fete Iran's successful enrichment of uranium.

The Islamic republic announced that it had on April 9 successfully enriched uranium to 3.5 percent -- enough to make fuel for a nuclear power station.

Allegations that it wants to develop nuclear weapons have been repeatedly denied by oil rich Tehran, which says the programme is aimed solely at producing electricity for its ever increasing population.

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