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Iranian president demands U.S. apology over nuclear issue
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14:20, February 24, 2008

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday demanded an apology from the United States and its allies for groundlessly condemning its nuclear ambitions.

Ahmadinejad said in a televised address to the nation that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report vindicated Iran over the nuclear issue and the best way for the U.S. and its allies to "compensate for their mistakes" is to "apologize and pay compensation."

In the latest report on Iran's nuclear program, the UN nuclear watchdog said Iran had clarified the majority of open issues in its nuclear programs but highlighted Tehran's continued refusal to halt uranium enrichment.

Iran said the report once more indicated that "the referring of Iran to the UN Security Council was a political move which lacked legal basis."

Ahmadinejad warned that Tehran would take unspecified "decisive reciprocal measures" against any country that could impose additional sanctions on Iran.

Western countries have accused Iran of using a civilian nuclearprogram as a cover to develop nuclear weapons, a charge repeatedly denied by Tehran.

The UN Security Council has adopted two resolutions -- one in December 2006 and the other in March 2007 -- in attempts to force Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment activities and give up its nuclear programs.

France, Britain and Germany formally introduced to the UN Security Council Thursday a draft resolution that calls for further sanctions against Iran over its refusal to suspend sensitive nuclear enrichment activities.

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France -- and Germany will meet in Washington on Monday on Iran's nuclear issue.

Source: Xinhua



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