Sunday, June 13, 2004

Boston.com / Challenging UN agency, Iran says it belongs in 'nuclear club'

Boston.com / News / World / Challenging UN agency, Iran says it belongs in 'nuclear club': "Challenging UN agency, Iran says it belongs in 'nuclear club'
By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press | June 13, 2004
TEHRAN -- Toughening its stance in advance of a meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog agency, Iran yesterday said it would reject international restrictions on its nuclear program and challenged the world to accept Tehran as a member of the 'nuclear club.'

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi rejected further outside influence on Tehran's nuclear ambitions two days before the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors meets to discuss Iran's highly controversial program.
'We won't accept any new obligations,' Kharrazi said. 'Iran has a high technical capability and has to be recognized by the international community as a member of the nuclear club. This is an irreversible path.'"

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