Ahmadinejad not to bow to int'l pressure

Iran will not bow to international pressure to halt its nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday, after world powers told Tehran to halt uranium enrichment or face a third round of U.N. sanctions.

Ahmadinejad not to bow to int'l pressure
Iran will not bow to international pressure to halt its nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday, after world powers told Tehran to halt uranium enrichment or face a third round of U.N. sanctions.

"If they (the West) think by using some organizations (U.N.) they can prevent Iran from obtaining (nuclear) technology ... they are mistaken," Ahmadinejad told a rally in the southeastern Kerman province, state television reported.

Senior officials from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China warned Iran on Wednesday of fresh U.N. sanctions if it refused to halt uranium enrichment work which the West suspects could be used to build nuclear weapons.

The United Nations has imposed two sets of sanctions on Iran since December over its refusal to freeze enrichment.

Iran, the world's fourth largest oil exporter, has so far ruled out freezing such work which it says will only be used for peaceful ends such as generating electricity.

"The Iranian nation will continue to insist on its right to nuclear technology," Ahmadinejad said.

Several western diplomats told Reuters that Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani made it clear to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Ankara last week that Iran had no intention of fully suspending its enrichment work.

Among the issues discussed at their meeting was a Swiss proposal for a staged plan leading to a simultaneous suspension of Iran's enrichment work and U.N. sanctions to enable talks between Iran and six world powers to start, diplomats said.

"Iran said it was considering the Swiss offer, but would not accept a full suspension before, during or after talks," one diplomat said. "And if a third resolution is passed by the Security Council, then Iran will stop considering the plan."
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