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Iran says will continue uranium enrichment program

RIA Novosti

21/01/2007 12:53 TEHRAN, January 21 (RIA Novosti) - Iran does not intend to suspend its uranium enrichment activities, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Sunday.

Iran has been at the center of international concerns over its nuclear program, which some countries suspect is a covert program to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran has consistently denied the claims, and says it needs nuclear power for civilian purposes.

Hosseini said the issue of uranium enrichment suspension has no logical and legal grounds and, therefore, this is unacceptable for Iran.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1737 on Iran December 23, which imposed sanctions on the country's nuclear weapons programs but allowed officials to make foreign trips and companies to do business abroad. The sanctions banned activities involving uranium enrichment, chemical reprocessing, heavy water-based projects, and production of means for nuclear weapons delivery.

Tehran responded to the resolution by saying it would review its cooperation with the IAEA. The IAEA is expected to file a report on Iran's nuclear program February 23.

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