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    Iran threatens to pullout from NPT
    11/10/2004 2:23:00 PM GMT


    Iran will withdraw from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and continue its nuclear program secretly if Western states threaten or put more pressure on Tehran, a top Iranian diplomat said on Wednesday.

    Iranian government officials have frequently said that the Islamic republic doesn’t intend to follow North Korea's example of pulling out from the NPT.

    Western diplomats expect Iran to announce shortly that it has agreed to freeze all activities related to the nuclear fuel cycle as part of an agreement with the European Union to avert sending Tehran’s nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.

    “We should have patience and fortitude to pass through these tough times,” former leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.

    But Sirus Naseri, a member of the Iranian negotiating team in the negotiations with the EU, warned that Iran could take serious steps if the talks did not proceed as Tehran wants.

    "If they start to pressure or threaten us, then we will put aside the treaty and go underground," the semi-official Mehr news agency cited Naseri as saying.

    "In that case, after one or two years, America and the EU will send mediators to talk to us and find a solution," he said. “We will continue the negotiations for as long as the Westerners do not move towards making serious threats.” He added.

    The U.S. and Israel accuse accuses Iran of covertly developing nuclear weapons. The Islamic republic denies the U.S. allegations and maintains that its program is mainly aimed at the peaceful generation of electricity and insists on its right to enrich uranium under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

    Iran rejects full suspension

    Naseri also said that Iran "will never rely on other countries to supply us with the nuclear fuel, which means we will definitely keep our enrichment program."

    "We will never accept cessation (of enrichment). This issue has been removed from the talks' agenda," he added.

    He confirmed that a provisional deal was reached during talks with the EU last weekend, stressing that it would ease international pressure on Iran. "This agreement will provide us with a peaceful period, which we needed,"

    "Acting properly and reaching an understanding with the EU ... will strengthen Iran's international status. Otherwise we would be put in a difficult situation," he said.

    But Naseri said that Tehran would continue enrichment if it felt the EU was dragging its feet on a final resolution. He added that Iran could use the suspension time to study and improve its nuclear technology.

    "Normally when you resume an activity it will be of a higher quality than before," he said.

    U.S. has final word on EU-Iranian deal

    Washington is claiming that Iran is using its talks with the EU to buy time and ease international pressure while continuing to develop its nuclear program in secret.

    Naseri said that the U.S. had the final word on the EU agreement. "We know that the main party, absent in the talks, is America ... we know that the EU must coordinate with America and they themselves are not the decision-makers,"

    He added that Iran was ready to negotiate with Washington directly if it treated Tehran as an equal. "If one day America understands that we are at the same level, then we can hold direct talks with America. But right now, we do not see America having such an attitude." he said.


    This can't be good news, gives a reason to invade though Source

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    Except that Iran is not a secular country...

    They would, in effect, be declaring war directly on one section of the Islamic Faith.. rather than being able to deny this in Iraq (secular)

    Way to go... Declare war on 1/3 of the worlds population

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rat Faced
    Way to go... Declare war on 1/3 of the worlds population
    Did you really expect otherwise RF?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rat Faced
    Except that Iran is not a secular country...

    They would, in effect, be declaring war directly on one section of the Islamic Faith.. rather than being able to deny this in Iraq (secular)

    Way to go... Declare war on 1/3 of the worlds population
    WTF?

    What does secularism have to do with anything?

    Everyone here thinks the non-seculars are an even worse bet.

    Be glad that you're talking about an Islamic country rather than one of those insane Christian ones.

    I think E.U. should mean E.U.

    Screw it; why not just make sure Iran can't hit the U.S. with a nuke, and let the E.U. negotiate with Iran all by itself?

    What will they do when Iran tells them to go pound sand?

    Interesting, eh?

    Oh, yeah-I forgot about Israel; they might not be in the mood to negotiate...

    Nevermind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j2k4
    WTF?

    What does secularism have to do with anything?

    Everyone here thinks the non-seculars are an even worse bet.

    Be glad that you're talking about an Islamic country rather than one of those insane Christian ones.

    I think E.U. should mean E.U.

    Screw it; why not just make sure Iran can't hit the U.S. with a nuke, and let the E.U. negotiate with Iran all by itself?

    What will they do when Iran tells them to go pound sand?

    Interesting, eh?

    Oh, yeah-I forgot about Israel; they might not be in the mood to negotiate...

    Nevermind.
    Yeah, why don't we just do what we did with Iraq?

    Oh that's right, we're still workin' it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j2k4
    Be glad that you're talking about an Islamic country rather than one of those insane Christian ones.
    I can only think of one country (other than the Vatican) which is controlled by insane Christians...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rat Faced
    I can only think of one country (other than the Vatican) which is controlled by insane Christians...
    Utterly and unrelentingly reliable, that man.
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rat Faced
    I can only think of one country (other than the Vatican) which is controlled by insane Christians...
    Don't forget "shotgun-loving" as well


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    You may say that, I couldnt possibly comment

    An It Harm None, Do What You Will

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    Well technically that could still be any country - Don't forget that every country has an army. And gang warfare


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