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  5/17/2012, Iyar 25, 5772

Iran: We Won't Yield on Our Nuclear Program


Said Jalili, who heads Iran's negotiating team at nuclear talks, made it clear, Thursday, that the Tehran government rejects international pressure and does not intend to yield on its right to develop a nuclear program. A week ahead of his next meeting, in Baghdad, with representatives of Western powers and China, Jalili said, "We can negotiate on cooperation, based on honoring the rights of Iran."

His comments came a day after a Reuters story which cited a United Nations report that the Islamic Republic's nuclear effort was slowing down for lack of equipment denied under international sanctions. Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said, Thursday, that there was evidence the program was speeding up.