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Iran says international community must accept its nuclear status

RIA Novosti

04/02/2009 14:51 TEHRAN, February 4 (RIA Novosti) - The six nations involved in talks with Iran over its nuclear program must recognize that Tehran has developed peaceful nuclear technology, the country's foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.

The Iran Six, which brings together Russia, the United States, China, France, Britain and Germany, will meet on Monday in Frankfurt.

"Iran has no plans to stop its nuclear activity," Hassan Qashqavi said. "At the forthcoming meeting the Iran Six should draw up a logical approach and accept the fact that Iran is a nuclear state."

Iran is under three sets of relatively mild sanctions over its nuclear program, which it insists is purely civilian but the West, led by the United States and Israel, maintains is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.

The most recent UN Security Council resolution was passed on September 27. Although it did not include any new sanctions it called on Iran to fulfill its responsibilities under previous resolutions and IAEA commitments.



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