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Iranian envoy touts 'peaceful' nuke plan

Nov. 19, 2007 at 8:48 AM

TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A top Iranian envoy said his country was willing to prove to the world its nuclear ambitions are peaceful.

"Iran's nuclear energy quest is solely for electricity generation, not a front for bomb making as the U.S. claims and it is serious about going the extra mile to overcome mistrust," said Mohsen Pak Ayeen, Iran's ambassador to Thailand.

Ayeen, in an exclusive interview with the Bangkok Post, said the most recent report from the International Atomic Energy Agency proves Iran's atomic program is transparent to the world, Fars news agency reported Monday.

A university official in India called the IAEA report a "slap" in the face of the United States, the news agency IRNA reported Monday. Baseer Ahmed, pro-vice chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi, called for the removal of all sanctions against Iran.

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