Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei REJECTS Suspension of Uranium Enrichment
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni, right, listens to address of Iran ‘s Atomic Energy Organization chief, Gholamreza Aghazadeh, during his visit with Iranian nuclear experts, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, June 15, 2006. Khamenei vowed Thursday to resist Western pressure over his country’s disputed nuclear program, as the U.S. warned continued defiance could result in tough measures by the U.N. Security Council .
AFP: Iran’s Khamenei implicitly rejects nuclear suspension
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said his country would not bow to pressure over its atomic program, implicitly rejecting international calls to suspend nuclear enrichment.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not bend to these pressures,” he said, referring to proposals drawn up by Britain, France and Germany, and backed by the United States, Russia and China, in a bid to defuse the nuclear crisis.
“The continuation of this scientific progress is its fundamental and basic right,” Khamenei said Thursday, quoted by state television in a meeting with staff of the Iranian Nuclear Energy Organization.
The answer from Iran on the Big 6 proposal is CLEAR: NO!
And what is new? Iran has made this statement over and over again.
Next stop is the the United Nations Security Council where Russia and China will block any meaningful sanctions. However, Condoleezza Rice’s successful gambit has gained the United States diplomatic cover for imposing Western sanctions against Iran.
Time to move ahead while Europe rings its hands over Iran’s answer………
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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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