Iran's leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his country will not retreat in the face of demands by world powers to stop sensitive nuclear work. His statement came moments before a deadline for Iran to freeze uranium enrichment or face fresh sanctions.
Western powers gave
That would suggest a deadline of Saturday, although
"They (the West) know that the Iranian nation is after using nuclear energy to provide electricity but they say because this work gives you capability, we will not allow it," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted by state radio as saying.
The West accuses
"The Iranian nation by depending on its useful experience and advantages of 30 years of resistance does not pay any attention to such talk and will continue with its path," Khamenei, who has the final say in state policy, was quoted as saying.
The freeze idea is aimed at getting preliminary talks started, although formal negotiations on the nuclear, trade and other incentives will not start before
"One should not spoil negotiations by raising unreasonable conditions, since Iranians are not ready to deviate from their rights by one iota," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said late on Tuesday,
The president made his remark to South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who has joined other ministers from the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting in
"I could say some things as proposed by
The statement is expected to broadly follow
Diplomats said it would omit a call for sanctions to be lifted swiftly, as proposed by
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