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UPDATED: 07:58, August 18, 2005
Iranian students form human shield to support government nuclear policy
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A number of Iranian university students Wednesday formed human shields around the country's nuclear site in the central town of Natanz to support the government nuclear policy, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The students chanted slogans such as "nuclear energy is our legitimate right", "Board of Governors (of the International Atomic Energy Agency) is unjust to Iran" and "US animosity with Iran created trouble for Iran's nuclear program".

They were quoted as saying that Iran would never compromise its rights enshrined by international conventions, expressing disappointment at the "discriminatory approach of the nuclear powers toward Iran's civilian nuclear program".

All signatory states to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) should respect rights of other member states, urged the students.

They added that "the step taken by the Iranian government to sign the Additional Protocol to the NPT were aimed at giving objective guarantees to the European party. Otherwise, Iran should take back its signature on Additional Protocol."

The Natanz nuclear site, located at 300 kilometers south to Tehran, functions as Iran's uranium enrichment facilities.

Iranian students have staged several similar demonstrations since the Iranian nuclear issue came to a standoff recently, two of which were in front of the British and French embassies.

Iran resumed uranium conversion activities on Aug. 8 after rejecting a comprehensive nuclear proposal made by the European Union (EU), a move drawing stern warnings from the EU and the United States.

In the proposal, the EU trio of Britain, France and Germany, the longtime brokers of the Iranian nuclear issue on behalf of the union, asked Iran to give up uranium enrichment and other efforts to build nuclear reactors and provide the so-called "objective guarantees" that its nuclear research will never be used for military purposes.

Iran suspended all activities related to uranium enrichment in November 2004 and opened gate to the nuclear negotiations with the EU.

The United States has accused Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the disguise of civil usage, a charge rejected by Tehran.

Washington and Israel have also threatened to launch preemptive attacks upon Iran's nuclear facilities.

Source: Xinhua


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