Iran's Khamenei vows to keep enriching uranium
TEHRAN, Jan 3 (AFP) Jan 03, 2008
Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday vowed the country would not give up uranium enrichment, saying Iran should seek to have nuclear plants generating 20,000 megawatts of energy in 20 years.
The UN Security Council has demanded that Iran halt enrichment, which the West fears Tehran could use to develop nuclear weapons technology.
"In the next 20 years, we should have at least 20,000 megawatts of nuclear electricity," Khamenei said in a speech in the central city of Yazd, state television reported.
"The nation which is carrying out enrichment by relying on itself will build the plants too. If the nation had not done the enrichment, it would be behind by years."
Russia is building Iran's first 1,000 megawatt nuclear power station in the southern city of Bushehr and is also supplying the nuclear fuel for the reactor.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.