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Iran's Supreme Leader Vows To Continue Nuclear Work

May 28, 2006 -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reaffirmed today that his country will not abandon its nuclear program.

State television quotes Khamenei as saying Iran's engineers have guaranteed the "long-term energy future" of the country thanks to their mastery of the nuclear-fuel cycle.

Khamaeei said Iran must not give up this ability "at any price." He said any retreat would be a "100 percent loss."

Khamenei's comments come as Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov held talks in Tehran on Iran's controversial nuclear program.

Iranian state television quoted Ivanov as saying the issue must only be resolved by dialogue -- not force.

Separately, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discussed the nuclear impasse by phone today.

The United States has been pushing for binding UN sanctions on Iran unless Tehran gives up uranium processing.

(AP, AFP)

Copyright (c) 2006. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org



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