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Iran Vows to Pursue Nuclear Program as Nations Eye New Sanctions

Posted by vmsalama on November 9, 2011

By Vivian Salama and Jonathan Tirone

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Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran won’t withdraw “an iota” from its atomic program and dismissed a United Nations report showing the country continued working on nuclear weapons capability until at least last year.

“The nation of Iran won’t pull back an iota from its path and will continue,” Ahmadinejad said today in a speech broadcast on state television.

Meanwhile, the U.S. and European countries set the stage for further tensions with Tehran over its nuclear program, saying they will pursue additional economic sanctions.

If Iran fails to answer IAEA questions about its suspect nuclear activities, “we are ready to adopt, with the support of the international community, sanctions of an unprecedented scale,” French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said in a statement.

Britain will press China and Russia to increase pressure on Iran, U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague told lawmakers in the House of Commons in London today.

Those two countries have been obstacles to further sanctions through the UN Security Council. Russia will not support any new sanctions, the Associated Press reported, citing an unnamed Russian official. (more….)

HERE ARE TWO REPORTS I WROTE IN 2007 WHEN AHMEDINEJAD GRACED US IN NEW YORK:

Columbia Students and Iranian Academics Respond to Bolinger (Washington PostGlobal)

President Ahmadinejad Goes to Columbia (Newsweek/Daily Beast)

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