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Iran to Resume Some Nuclear Activity, Regardless of European Offer

Iran's outgoing President Mohammed Khatami says his government will resume some key nuclear work regardless of what European diplomats propose next month to defuse a dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.

Mr. Khatami told reporters Wednesday, that Tehran will resume low-level uranium enrichment for use in power stations. Washington has accused Iran of trying to boost its enrichment process to create weapons grade material for use in warheads. Tehran denies the charges.

Mr. Khatami gave no date for the restarting of enrichment activities, which were suspended late last year under pressure from the European Union and the United Nations.

Britain, France and Germany want Tehran to freeze its enrichment program permanently in exchange for economic incentives. The two sides are to meet again in early August.