Iran says to continue nuclear path before deadline
IRAN: Iran will press ahead with its nuclear path, the country’s
highest authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on
Wednesday, speaking just before a deadline set by Western officials in a
Western powers gave Iran two weeks from July 19 to respond to their
offer to hold off on imposing more U.N. sanctions on Iran if Tehran
would freeze any expansion of its nuclear work.
That would suggest a deadline of Saturday, although Russia, one of
the six powers facing Iran, has opposed a deadline and Iran dismissed
the idea of having two weeks to reply.
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in London that if Iran
continued regardless, there should be an “immediate, firm and serious
response” from European countries.
“I’m very disappointed about the latest statement made by Mr Khamenei
... about their intention to continue in any case with the nuclear
program of enrichment of uranium,” he said.
Khamenei was quoted by radio as saying the West wanted to stop Iran
mastering technology to make electricity.
Tehran, Thursday, Reuters