Thursday, July 26, 2007

Ahmadinejad Says Iran Won't Heed Calls for Halt to Atomic Work

July 26 (Bloomberg) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Islamic Republic won't yield to demands to halt its uranium-enrichment program and that the U.S. and western allies should accept the country's right to pursue nuclear research.

Options for the atomic program aren't limited to a temporary halt, more United Nations Security Council sanctions or military confrontation, Ahmadinejad said in a television interview yesterday, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

``The West has carried out whatever measures it could and will do the same in the future, but it has concluded that it cannot put Iran under pressure by imposing sanctions,'' IRNA cited Ahmadinejad, pronounced ah-ma-deeen-ah-ZHAD, as saying. ``Acceptance of Iran's legal rights is an inevitable end'' to the dispute, he added, IRNA reported.

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