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Iran Threatens to Retaliate If It Faces Nuclear Sanctions


A senior Iranian official has warned countries opposed to Tehran's nuclear program that they will face retaliation if sanctions are imposed on Iran.

Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, issued the warning in comments to reporters in Tehran Friday.

Larijani said Western nations will face "painful" measures if the United Nations Security Council imposes sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program.

The permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany are trying to reach agreement on a sanctions resolution.

Iran ignored an August 31st UN deadline to suspend uranium enrichment.

The U.S. and its western allies believe Iran's enrichment activities are part of a program to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is to produce energy, not weapons.

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