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Iran Again Insists On Right To Nuclear Program

May 13, 2006 -- Iran's foreign minister today warned that Iran will not accept any incentives offered by Western countries -- unless they include a recognition of Iran's right to develop nuclear technology.

Manuchehr Mottaki made the statement on the sidelines of a summit in Bali that he is attending with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

Mottaki said Iran will provide its "utmost cooperation" if the international community recognizes Iran's right to a peaceful nuclear program.

European diplomats are currently working on a package of incentives to persuade Iran to halt uranium enrichment.

The standoff over Iran is dominating sideline discussions at today's summit of the Developing Eight (D-8) on the Indonesian island of Bali.

The main summit discussions are expected to focus on trade issues. The summit brings together leaders from Indonesia, Pakistan, Iran, Nigeria, Turkey, Malaysia, Egypt, and Bangladesh.

(AFP, dpa)

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