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Iran Negotiator: `Full Speed’ Ahead On Uranium Enrichment December 26, 2006

Posted by notapundit in World News.
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TEHRAN (AP)–Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said the country will push forward immediately with efforts to enrich uranium after the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions designed to stop the nuclear efforts, a newspaper reported Sunday.

“From Sunday morning, we will begin activities at Natanz – site of 3,000-centrifuge machines – and we will drive it with full speed. It will be our immediate response to the resolution,” the Kayhan newspaper quoted Ali Larijani, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, as saying.

On Saturday, the Security Council voted unanimously to impose sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, increasing international pressure on the government to prove that it is not trying to make nuclear weapons.

Iran immediately rejected the resolution.

The result of two months of tough negotiation, the resolution orders all countries to stop supplying Iran with materials and technology that could contribute to its nuclear and missile programs. It also freezes the Iranian assets of 10 key companies and 12 individuals related to those programs.

If Iran refuses to comply, the council warned it would adopt further nonmilitary sanctions, but the resolution emphasized the importance of diplomacy in seeking guarantees “that Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes.”

Iran insists its nuclear program is intended to produce energy, but the Americans and Europeans suspect its ultimate goal is the production of weapons.

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