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Iran president vows defence of nuclear assets: report

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has vowed that his country would defend its nuclear facilities, while adding that Iran wanted to cooperate over its controversial nuclear drive, state media reported.

world Updated: Nov 12, 2009 09:06 IST

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has vowed that his country would defend its nuclear facilities, while adding that Iran wanted to cooperate over its controversial nuclear drive, state media reported.

"Iran will defend its nuclear assets in line with its national interests," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the website of the state television channel on Wednesday.

But he added: "We have entered an era of nuclear agreement and cooperation. "One of the important questions... is about nuclear cooperation at the international level, whether that be construction of nuclear power stations, reactors or even the presence of Iran in a nuclear fuel bank.

The idea of an international nuclear fuel bank was raised by the United States and the United Nations as a block against moves by the Islamic state to develop a nuclear bomb.

The president added: "Stopping the nuclear programme is now irrelevant and we have arrived at the point where we are cooperating at a top level with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and through it with countries who have
this technology.

World powers have proposed a new plan to try and resolve a uranium enrichment standoff with Iran. A deal proposed by IAEA, calls for Iran to ship most of its known low-riched uranium - about 1,200 kilogrammes - to Russia for further enrichment.