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Iran Plans Changing Relationship With IAEA December 26, 2006

Posted by notapundit in World News.

TEHRAN (AP)–Iran vowed Sunday to push forward efforts to enrich uranium and to change its relations with the international nuclear watchdog after the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions designed to stop the country’s disputed atomic program.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Iran would change its relationship with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“We are not obliged and it is not expected that cooperation with the IAEA continues at the same former level,” Hosseini told reporters. He didn’t elaborate.

Iran’s parliament on Sunday voted to urge the country’s administration to revise its cooperation with the IAEA but didn’t set a timeline or provide further details. Many legislators chanted “Death to America” after the vote.

“The government should seriously and strongly continue the important issue of peaceful nuclear technology with prudence and foresight. It should never accept such illogical pressures,” more than 200 legislators said in a statement read on state-run radio.

Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the U.N. must accept Iran’s nuclear program and warned that sanctions wouldn’t harm his country.

“You have to accept that Iran has the technology of producing nuclear fuel. And it will celebrate it in coming anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution in February,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

Ahmadinejad downplayed the resolution, saying it would be the Security Council that regretted it, not Iran.

“This will not damage the nation of Iran, but its issuers will soon regret this superficial and nil act,” he said, speaking to a group of war veterans from the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war at the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

Earlier Sunday, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said the resolution made his country more “decisive in realizing our nuclear aims.”

“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,” Iran’s Kayhan newspaper quoted Larijani as saying.


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