Iranians "entitled to peaceful civilian nuclear power," Clinton says

10:44, October 27, 2010      

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The United States on Tuesday said that Iranians "are entitled to peaceful civilian nuclear power," but "not entitled to nuclear weapons."

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters at a meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger.

Clinton was at the UN Headquarters in New York to attend an open debate of the Security Council on the role of women in maintaining international peace and security.

"They are entitled to peaceful civilian nuclear power. They are not entitled to nuclear weapons," Clinton said of Iran's move to load fuel into the core of its first nuclear plant at Bushehr on Tuesday.

Clinton's statement illustrated Washington's willingness, to a certain extent, to acknowledges the Iranian right to the peaceful use of the nuclear energy, one of the three pillars of the international non-proliferation regime, observers here said.


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