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Defiant Iranian President Says Enemies Cannot Prevent Progress


A defiant Iranian president says the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency can issue as many resolutions as it likes, but says it cannot prevent Iranian progress.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke Sunday, one day after the International Atomic Energy Agency voted overwhelmingly to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council over its suspect nuclear program.

Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful, but Western governments accuse Tehran of seeking to build an atomic bomb.

In comments reported by the Iranian news agency, the Iranian president pointed to the West and said "it is you who have atomic weapons and should be disarmed." He said Iran has no need for a nuclear arsenal.

Earlier, the Iranian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Tehran has stopped all cooperation with the IAEA and will go forward with plans to enrich uranium - a process that can be used either to make an atomic bomb or to generate electricity.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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