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Tehran Rejects IAEA Demands - 2004-09-19


An Iranian official says Tehran rejects any outside limitations on its uranium enrichment program, and will stop allowing snap inspections of nuclear facilities if the matter is sent to the U.N. Security Council.

Iran's chief negotiator at the International Atomic Energy Agency (Hassan Rohani) made the announcement Sunday in Tehran. He spoke after the U.N. agency's 35-nation governing board passed a resolution Saturday demanding Iran stop all uranium enrichment activities.

Enriched uranium can fuel electric power plants -- or be used in atomic bombs.

The IAEA resolution does not say what would happen if Tehran fails to comply. The nuclear monitoring agency is set to review the issue at a meeting November 25th.

The United States accuses Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons and has been pressing IAEA to report Iran to the U.S. Security Council for possible sanctions.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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