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Latest update : 2008-08-03

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that Iran would not budge "one iota" from its nuclear rights on Saturday, as an informal deadline set by the West regarding Tehran's nuclear ambitions passed.


TEHRAN, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Iran will not retreat "one iota"
from its nuclear rights, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on
Saturday, the day of an informal deadline set by Western
officials in a row over Tehran's atomic ambitions.
 

Ahmadinejad made the remark in a statement posted on the
presidential website after talks in Tehran with Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad.
 

"In whichever negotiation we take part ... it is
unequivocally with the view to the realisation of Iran's nuclear
right, and the Iranian nation would not retreat one iota from
its rights," Ahmadinejad's statement said.
 

It said Assad said that based on international agreements
every country, including Iran, has the right to engage in
uranium enrichment and possess nuclear power stations.
 

The West accuses Iran of seeking to build nuclear warheads
under cover of a civilian power programme. Iran, the world's
fourth-largest oil producer, denies the charge.
 

Western powers gave Iran two weeks from July 19 to respond
to their offer to hold off from imposing more U.N. sanctions on
Iran if Tehran froze any expansion of its nuclear work, to get
preliminary talks started between the two sides.
 

That would suggest a deadline of Saturday but Iran, which
has repeatedly ruled out curbing its nuclear programme, has
dismissed the idea of having two weeks to reply.
 

Date created : 2008-08-02

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