Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 7:23 pm Post subject: Iranian president to take nuclear case to UN
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to take his case for pursuing nuclear power before the U.N. Security Council, the government said Sunday, as the world body debates new sanctions on the Islamic nation for its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment.
Iran has rejected U.N. demands that it halt enrichment, insisting its nuclear program is peaceful and aimed a producing energy. The U.S. and its European allies are concerned its real aim is to produce nuclear weapons.
"The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran intends to attend a U.N Security Council meeting to be held on Iran's nuclear case in order to defend the rights of the Iranian nation in exploiting peaceful nuclear energy," state TV quoted government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham as saying.
The report did not say when Ahmadinejad wanted to appear before the 15-member council, which would have to approve his request after closed consultations.
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