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Iran 'Will Not Bow To Threats'

May 4, 2006 -- Iran said today it would not bow to pressure or threats and would decisively pursue its nuclear programs.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefi said Iran "recommends the West to stick to more logical solutions as the language of threat would just make the issue more complicated."

Assefi's statement came as U.S. President George W. Bush, speaking in Washington on May 3, demanded that Iran give up nuclear weapons ambitions "for the sake of world peace."  

"The Iranians must understand that we won't fold, that our partnership is strong, that for the sake of world peace, they should abandon their nuclear weapons ambitions," Bush said. "And we're resolute on that matter."

Great Britain and France, backed by the United States, have introduced a draft UN Security Council resolution demanding Iran suspend uranium enrichment that the West suspects is part of a secret nuclear weapons program.

The draft invokes Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which allows the use of sanctions or even military force to make a country comply with Security Council demands.

(compiled from agency reports)

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