Iran gives up on Europe in nuke debate

Aug. 14, 2006 at 1:54 PM

TEHRAN, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Tehran has given up on receiving any support from Europe in the international stand-off over Iran's nuclear program, Russia's Novosti news agency reports.

Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Sunday there was disappointment Europe had sided with a U.N. resolution that gives Iran until Aug. 31 to suspend all uranium enrichment activities, the report said.

Asefi said the Islamic republic no longer believes in Europe's intentions to solve the nuclear issue by way of negotiations and repeated the regime's longstanding warning against threats and retaliatory actions, Novosti said.

The U.N. resolution carries the possibility of economic and diplomatic sanctions if Tehran refuses to comply with it.

Iran claims its nuclear program is strictly for the production of electricity but international fears have arisen the country is on the road to producing nuclear weapons.

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