Iran Rejects US Call to Halt Nuke Program

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CBNNews.com - TEHERAN, Iran - An aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran rejects the new US administration's call to halt its nuclear program.

"We have no non-peaceful activities to suspend," Aliakbar Javanfekr told the Reuters news agency on Wednesday.

"All our activities are peaceful and under the supervision of the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency]," he said.

Javanfekr called UN sanctions against Iran's nuclear program "ineffective."

"We have passed that stage. We have rejected resolutions," he said.

"Those resolutions were issued under US pressure. We work in the framework of international laws," Ahmadinejad's aide said.

Javanfekr also rejected US President Barack Obama's call for Iran "to unclench its fist."

"[It's] illogical to talk about unclenching fists when Iran is surrounded by American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq," Kavamfekr said.

"We are ready for talks [with Obama], with some preconditions…including ending America's military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan," he said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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