TEHRAN (Reuters) -
Iran said on Sunday it would never stop uranium enrichment despite a looming U.N. deadline designed to ensure it cannot develop nuclear weapons.
But chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani reiterated Iran's stance that it was ready to hold talks on its nuclear program. Six world powers have offered a package of economic incentives to the Islamic Republic if it halts uranium enrichment.
"Iran will continue its uranium enrichment. We want to produce our own nuclear fuel," Larijani was quoted as saying by the student news agency ISNA. "We will never stop it."
The U.N. Security Council has told Iran to suspend atomic fuel work by August 31 or face possible sanctions. The West suspects Iran is secretly trying to make nuclear weapons but Tehran says its only aim is to generate electricity.
Uranium enrichment can be used to produce fuel for nuclear power stations or material for nuclear bombs.
"The great decision of our nation in scientific advancement is an absolute decision and there is no turning back from this way," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a ceremony to honor Iran's nuclear scientists, broadcast live on state television.
The Islamic Republic says international sanctions would only propel oil prices higher, hurting the industrialized world.
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"Iran will continue its uranium enrichment. We want to produce our own nuclear fuel," chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani was quoted as saying by the student news agency ISNA. "We will never stop it."
These are Iran’s own words; I don’t even have to make them up or anything. They have told the international community countless times they are not giving up its nuclear program.
Why does the world refuse to believe them?
Can we not just take them at their word and believe that they will not stop and than proceed from there, all this talk about trying to shutdown Iran’s nuclear enrichment is for not, they have no intention of doing anything of the sort.
"A lot of the media focus has been on Iran's offer being unacceptable because it didn't include the upfront agreement to suspend enrichment," said one diplomat, declining to be named.
"But no one, from (U.S. ambassador to the United Nations) John Bolton to Cinderella's fairy godmother, actually expected that to happen," said the diplomat, adding that Iran's reply "that did not rule out suspension as part of negotiations" was the best anyone could have hoped for given the circumstances.
Why must it always fall to the United States to take action? Why does anyone take the United Nations seriously anymore? They have proven time and time again that they can not solve anything and have no bite to go along with its bark.
What will it take? Will Iran have to launch a nuclear missile before the world will come to realize what so many do now in the United States?
They have even started their own terrorist organization in Hezbollah, if we are truly in a fight with global terrorism than Iran has to be next on the list, otherwise what we are doing doesn’t mean a thing.