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Ahmadinejad Says Iran Will Develop Full Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Iranian Ambassador Ignores Israeli Reporter With Nuclear Question
Paris (AFP) Oct 11 - Iran's ambassador to France, Ali Ahani, on Wednesday pointedly ignored questions from an Israeli journalist about his country's nuclear programme during a news conference. "What can you say to Israelis who are afraid of you having an atomic bomb, who are afraid of your president, Mr (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad, after he said Israel should be wiped off the map? Is that why you are developing the bomb?" asked Or Heller, a reporter for Israel's Maariv newspaper. "If the United States attacks Iran in the future, will you send missiles into Israel or other countries in the region," Heller also asked, after identifying himself to the ambassador. Ahani, whose country refuses to recognise Israel, refused to respond. The mediator of the Arab Press Club which was hosting the news conference at a foreign correspondents' centre asked Ahani whether he would like to answer, but when the refusal became persistant, he moved on to other questions. Heller left the room in protest at being ignored. Photo courtesy of AFP.
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Tehran (RIA Novosti) Oct 12, 2006
Iran is determined to develop full nuclear fuel cycle technology, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday. "They [the West] must know that possession of the full nuclear fuel cycle technology is the desire of the whole Iranian people," he said at a public meeting.

The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1696 July 31, demanding that Iran suspend uranium enrichment by August 31 or face possible economic and diplomatic sanctions. However, an IAEA report said Tehran refused to suspend the program and blocked IAEA inspectors from inspecting Iran's nuclear facilities.

Last week, the United States and Britain renewed their calls for international sanctions against Iran after negotiations between the country's key nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana failed to produce any breakthrough.

Ahmadinejad said Iran acts in the nuclear sphere within international law, and is willing to continue talks on its nuclear program [with the international community].

"Why should we do it [declare a unilateral moratorium on nuclear research]?" the Iranian leader said. "If our nuclear cycle is dangerous, then yours is dangerous, too."

The six powers mediating the Iranian nuclear issue, the five permanent UN Security Council members, plus Germany, have been trying to persuade Iran to accept a package of incentives, and suspend uranium enrichment, which many countries believe is the beginning of an Iranian nuclear weapons program.

Deputy foreign ministers of the Iran-six mediators will discuss the Iranian issue in a video conference Wednesday, and will forward their conclusions to their representatives at the UN Security Council in preparation of a draft resolution on Iran.

earlier related report
Iran to continue nuclear research - parliament speaker

Iran will not suspend its uranium enrichment program and will continue its nuclear research despite numerous warnings of sanctions against the Islamic republic, the speaker of the Iranian parliament said Wednesday.

Last week, the United States and Britain renewed their calls for international sanctions against Iran after talks between the country's key nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana failed to produce any breakthrough.

"Iran will continue its nuclear activity," Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel said. "We have never suspended uranium enrichment, and we do not intend to do so in the future."

He also said any demands for sanctions against Iran hampered the negotiation process between the country and the EU, and reiterated Iran's willingness to continue talks with the international community.

"We are for a dialogue, but openly declare that those who attempt to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem through threats will never gain anything," the Iranian official said.

The six powers mediating the Iranian nuclear issue, the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany, have been trying to persuade Iran to accept a package of incentives, and suspend uranium enrichment, which many countries believe is the beginning of an Iranian nuclear weapons program.

Deputy foreign ministers of the Iran-six mediators will discuss the Iranian issue in a video conference Wednesday, and will forward their conclusions to their representatives at the UN Security Council in preparation of a draft resolution on Iran.

Source: RIA Novosti

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Bush Waves Sticks And Carrots At North Korea In Nuclear Standoff
Washington (AFP) Oct 11, 2006
US President George W. Bush vowed Wednesday that North Korea would face "serious repercussions" over its claim to have tested a nuclear bomb for the first time. But Bush also committed his government to seeking a diplomatic rather than military solution to the standoff, and offered Pyongyang a promise of economic help if it backed away from the nuclear brink.







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