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Ahmadinejad Says Iran Will Not Give In on Nuclear Issue


Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has said, once again, that Tehran will not give in to Western pressure over the country's nuclear program.

In a televised address Thursday, Mr. Ahmadinejad said Iran will not give up its right to develop nuclear technology.

The Iranian president's comments come as major powers work towards a United Nations Security Council resolution on sanctions against Iran.

Mr. Ahmadinejad also spoke again against Israel Thursday. He called the Jewish state "fraudulent" and said it cannot survive.

On Wednesday, Israel's prime minister, Ehud Olmert, urged Russia to join ranks against Iran's nuclear program. Mr. Olmert said the entire international community should unite to block what he called Iran's intention to build nuclear weapons.

On Tuesday, European Union foreign ministers announced that the EU favors limited sanctions against Iran.

Iran has ignored an August 31 U.N. deadline to suspend uranium enrichment.

In a series of meetings, the EU's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana failed to persuade Iran to halt its controversial activities.

The West believes Iran's uranium enrichment is part of an Iranian program to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

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