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Tehran Wants to Avoid U.N. Council's Scrutiny

October 02, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Iran wants to keep its nuclear program from U.N. Security Council scrutiny, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said, an indication that his government intends to meet an Oct. 31 deadline to prove that it is not building bombs.

Kharrazi reiterated Iran's position that it has the right to develop its nuclear program for generating electricity.

The International Atomic Energy Agency imposed the deadline to pressure Iran to allow unfettered inspections. Failure to satisfy the IAEA could result in Security Council sanctions.

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