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|Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:46 am Post subject: Ahmadinejad: Enrichment to continue - AP
|Ahmadinejad: Enrichment to continue
February 11, 2007
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck a defiant yet vague tone on Sunday, telling Iranians during the 28th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that their country would not give up uranium enrichment but was prepared to talk with the international community.
The hard-line leader's remarks, which came days before a UN Security Council deadline demanding Tehran halt enrichment or face further sanctions, fell short of an expected announcement that Iran had started installing 3,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium at its Natanz plant.
"The Iranian nation on Feb. 11, 2007, passed the arduous passes and stabilized its definite (nuclear) right," Ahmadinejad said. He did not elaborate, but his comments appeared mean that Iran had achieved proficiency in nuclear fuel cycle technology.
Ahmadinejad, however, also said Iran was ready for "dialogue," and his country's program would remain within the limits of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty that bans production of nuclear weapons.
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