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Iran demands US apology over nuclear issue

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demands an apology from the US and its allies for groundlessly condemning its supposed N-ambitions and to compensate for their mistakes.

world Updated: Feb 24, 2008 13:06 IST
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has demanded an apology from the US and its allies for groundlessly condemning its supposed nuclear ambitions and to "compensate for their mistakes".

Ahmadinejad said in a televised address to the nation Saturday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report vindicated Iran's position over the nuclear issue and the best way for the US and its allies to "compensate for their mistakes" is to "apologize and pay compensation".

In the latest report on Iran's nuclear programme, the UN nuclear watchdog said Iran had clarified the majority of open issues about its nuclear programmes but highlighted Tehran's continued refusal to halt uranium enrichment.

Iran said the report once more indicated that the referring of Iran to the UN Security Council was a political move that lacked legal basis.

Ahmadinejad warned that Tehran would take unspecified "decisive reciprocal measures" against any country that would impose additional sanctions on Iran.

Western countries have accused Iran of using a civilian nuclear programme as a cover to develop nuclear weapons, a charge repeatedly denied by Tehran.

The UN Security Council has adopted two resolutions - one in December 2006 and the other in March 2007 - in attempts to force Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment activities and give up its nuclear programme.