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Iran has no intention to suspend nuclear enrichment - official

RIA Novosti

29/04/2007 14:12 TEHRAN, April 29 (RIA Novosti) - Iran does not intend to discuss the suspension of its nuclear 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, particularly the United States, suspect is geared toward nuclear weapons development. Tehran has consistently denied the claims, saying it needs nuclear power for civilian purposes.

"What has been said about suspension [of Iran's uranium enrichment] is not correct and this is not true," Hosseini said while commenting on the results of a meeting held in Ankara on April 25-26 between Ali Larijani, the Iranian top nuclear negotiator, and Javier Solana, the EU's leading foreign policy and security official.

At the same time, Hosseini said certain progress had been achieved at the Ankara talks and the sides were nearing a united position on some issues of their negotiations, which will restart in two weeks.

The UN Security Council voted unanimously March 24 to impose broader sanctions against the Islamic Republic for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, which the country resumed in January 2006 for what it claims to be a civilian nuclear power generating program.

The new UN Security Council resolution was passed following Tehran's refusal to comply with the previous resolution adopted December 23, 2006.

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