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Iran not pursuing nuclear weapons: supreme leader

(Xinhua)

08:09, February 23, 2012

TEHRAN, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that Tehran is not pursuing nuclear weapons.

Khamenei's remarks came after the latest round of talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) wrapped up late Tuesday evening in Tehran, a second visit by IAEA delegates to the Islamic republic in less than a month aiming to solve the substantive issues over Iran's controversial nuclear program.

Iran is after breaking "the authority of powers that are relying on their nuclear arms," Khamenei said Wednesday, quoted by the official IRNA news agency, when meeting with a group of Iranian nuclear scientists.

He said assassinations and pressures only indicate the " weakness" of Iran's "enemies."

Iranian officials and the IAEA experts held closed-door meetings on Monday and Tuesday but failed to reach any agreement.

The IAEA director Yukiya Amano said Wednesday that no agreement was reached with Iran over its nuclear issue during the recent visit of the agency's team to Tehran.

Amano made the remarks while the senior IAEA expert team, headed by chief inspector Herman Nackaerts, was returning from Iran after the new round of talks. The meeting followed previous talks held in late January, which Iranian media and officials termed "positive and constructive."

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