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Iranian President Rejects U.S. Deadline On Uranium

Last updated (GMT/UTC): 22.12.2009 12:26

TEHRAN -- Iranian President MahmudAhmadinejad has rejected a U.S. year-end deadline for Tehran to accept a UN-drafted offer to exchange enriched uranium for nuclear fuel.

Ahmadinejad spoke to supporters in the southern city of Shiraz today about the deal, which is aimed at reducing Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium and easing Western concerns the material could be used for constructing a bomb.

"They told us that the deadline will be until the end of this year," he said. "I say, 'Who are they who give us deadlines?' We give them deadline to change their behavior. If they don't change their behavior, we will ask for our historical rights from them."

Earlier, Ahmadinejad dismissed as a forgery a document that alleges Iran is planning to test a trigger for a nuclear weapon.

"The Times" newspaper reported last week that it had obtained a document, dated from 2007, telling of a four-year plan by Iran to test a neutron initiator, the part of a nuclear warhead that sets off an explosion.

Ahmadinejad told ABC News the newspaper report was "fundamentally not true."

compiled from agency reports

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