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Ahmadinejad Says Iran Wont Back Down One Iota

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Copyright AFP
by Staff Writers
Tehran (AFP) Apr 11, 2006
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Monday he would not back down "one iota" over Iran's nuclear programme, again rejecting a UN Security Council demand for Tehran to freeze sensitive enrichment work.

In a typically defiant speech, Ahmadinejad also promised "very good nuclear news in the coming days" -- just as International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei is scheduled to visit the Islamic republic.

"Be certain that the government which serves you will follow the wishes of the people with wisdom and strength, and will not back down one iota," the hardline president said in a speech carried live on state television.

"Our enemies know they are unable to even slightly hurt our nation and they cannot create the tiniest obstacle on its glorious and progressive way," he insisted. "They cannot stop our nation."

A military official said the "good news" concerned developments in enrichment work.

The deputy head of Iran's atomic organisation, Mohammad Saidi, said an IAEA team was visiting a uranium ore conversion plant at Isfahan and would later visit an enrichment facility at Natanz.

ElBaradei's visit, due to begin on Wednesday according to diplomats close to the UN agency, is his first to the country this year and comes amid growing international pressure on Tehran to suspend its uranium enrichment activities -- seen in the West as a cover for weapons development.

Enrichment is the process used to manufacture fuel for civil nuclear power stations but can be also be extended to manufacture the fissile core of an atomic bomb.

On March 29, the UN Security Council called on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment to provide a watertight guarantee that its nuclear programme is peaceful, and asked ElBaradei to report on Iranian compliance after 30 days.

Iran categorically rejects charges that it is seeking atomic weapons and has so far rejected the ultimatum.

Tensions over Iran have been mounting, with explosive new reports in the United States saying that President George W. Bush is mulling military options to knock out the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.

The New Yorker magazine reported in its April 17 issue that the administration is planning a massive bombing campaign against Iran, including use of bunker-buster nuclear bombs to destroy a key suspected Iranian nuclear weapons facility.

The article by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said that Bush and others in the White House have come to view Ahmadinejad as a potential "Adolf Hitler."

And Sunday's Washington Post reported that Bush is studying options for military strikes as part of a broader strategy of coercive diplomacy to pressure Tehran.

Speaking in Moscow, top-ranking US senator Bill Frist downplayed the reports as "overstated", but stopped short of denying them outright.

"We believe there has been much overstatement in the American press over the last several days with regard to the use of military force in Iran," he said.

The New Yorker story was dismissed Sunday by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw as "completely nuts" and was met with alarm by prominent critics of the Bush administration in the United States.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said the 25-nation bloc could consider slapping sanctions on Iran, including a visa ban, if current UN-centred diplomatic efforts fail.

Iran has dismissed any talk of an attack against it as "psychological warfare", and Iranian army chief of staff General Abdolrahim Mousavi told the ISNA news agency that Iran was ready to fight back.

"We will certainly retaliate against any action by the enemy, and we are vigilant over any military aggression," he said.

"We know America's nature, and we are keeping enemy movements under surveillance. We are aware of their oppressive actions and goals against the Muslim nations," he added.

World oil prices rose Monday, hovering around 68.0 dollars per barrel on market jitters over a potential military conflict between the United States and major oil exporter Iran, dealers said.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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The European Union could consider slapping sanctions on Iran, including a visa ban, if current UN-centred diplomatic efforts fail, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Monday.

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