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Iran Insists on Nuclear 'Rights'

Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili listens during a news conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Feb. 27, 2013.Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili listens during a news conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Feb. 27, 2013.
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Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili listens during a news conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Feb. 27, 2013.
Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili listens during a news conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Feb. 27, 2013.
VOA News
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator has demanded that world powers recognize an Iranian right to enrich uranium.

Saeed Jalili spoke on the eve of talks in Kazakhstan with counterparts from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany.   

The United States and its allies accuse Iran of amassing highly-enriched uranium as part of a covert drive to make nuclear bombs. Tehran insists its nuclear program is peaceful.

A senior U.S. official said Wednesday the world powers want Iran to give a "concrete and substantive" response to their proposal for cutting enrichment activities in return for an easing of international sanctions. The six nations presented that offer to Iran at the last round of negotiations during late February in Almaty.

The U.S. official reiterated that President Barack Obama prefers diplomacy, but is leaving "all options" on the table to deal with the situation.

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by: Hanif Halda from: Germany
April 05, 2013 2:15 AM
I would like to tell Dr Chaudry that Israel's hands are tied primarily by the US, and not by the European democracies. Only the US has such influence on Israel, no one else can tell Israel what to do except the US. I agree with you that Iran must be stopped from acquiring the nuclear bomb but we all know that if US/Israel wont do it - nobody will... and we all know what the effect on the middle east will be to the Iranian nuclear bomb... and eventually Europe...


by: Dr. Subramanian Chaudry from: UK
April 04, 2013 8:21 PM
why are we tying the hands of Israel..?? we all know that nuclear Iran will eventually explode in Western society's face... no western democracy can muster the fortitude and the military credibility to put a stop to the Iranian lies... why are we tying their hands...??? WHY???

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