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Iran president dismisses UN Security Council resolution on nuclear program

[JURIST] Iran [JURIST news archive] will not abide by a UN Security Council resolution [JURIST report] ordering it to stop enriching uranium, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile, English version; BBC profile] said Tuesday in an address on state television. Ahmadinejad said "the peaceful use of nuclear fuel production technology" is Iran's "right," promising not to give in to pressure from the UN. Iran's Foreign Ministry and its UN ambassador had already rejected the resolution [Reuters report].

UN Security Council Resolution 1696 [text], adopted by a 14-1 vote Monday, gives Iran until August 31 to halt uranium enrichment and threatens sanctions if it does not comply, although it requires additional Security Council discussion before sanctions can actually be imposed. AP has more.

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