Monday, July 7, 2008
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday said his country would not stop enriching uranium, as demanded by the international community, and charged that Israel and the United States were too scared to attack.
He rejected as “illegitimate” the demand by major powers that Iran stop producing enriched uranium, which can be used as fuel for power plants, or if refined much more, provide material for nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, a British newspaper, quoting intelligence reports received by Western diplomats, reported Monday that Iran has resumed work aimed at producing a nuclear bomb.
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The remarks were Ahmadinejad’s first comment on the dispute since Iran
delivered its response on Friday to a package of incentives offered by world powers seeking to curb its nuclear activities.
“They offer to hold talks but at the same time they threaten us and say we should accept their illegitimate demand to halt [enrichment work],” Ahmadinejad told reporters in Malaysia, where he was attending a summit of eight developing countries.