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Iran says won't accept offer to stop nuclear work

RIA Novosti

14/05/2006 13:14

TEHRAN, May 14 (RIA Novosti) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday Iran would not accept any offer from European countries, if it included a demand to halt nuclear work.

Three European states (Great Britain, France and Germany) are drafting political, economic and security incentives for Iran in return for its consent to halt uranium enrichment work.

"Any proposal that obliges us to stop peaceful (nuclear) activities would not have value and would not be valid," Ahmadinejad said.

The United States and other Western nations accuse Iran of carrying out its nuclear program as a cover for the production of weapons but Iran insists its program is meant for peaceful purposes.

The U.S., France and Britain are pressing for a new militarily enforceable UN Security Council resolution to get Iran to abandon its controversial nuclear program. Russia and China say the issue should be resolved through diplomacy.

Ahmadinejad also said "when we are not present (in the decision-making) process, it will be invalid for us."

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