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Iranians Protest Decision on Nuclear Program

10/25/03 VOA News

Hundreds of Iranians have protested the government's decision to comply with international demands to fully expose Iran's nuclear program. About 1,500 demonstrators took to the streets of Tehran Friday, demanding Iran's withdrawal from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The protesters chanted slogans such as "no compromise, no surrender" after attending a prayer service at Tehran University.

Earlier this week, Iran agreed to sign an extra protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty that calls for expanded access to nuclear sites on short notice. Iranian Vice President Masume Ebtekar told VOA Friday that the protocol will be signed very soon.

Iran also agreed this week to suspend its uranium enrichment program. The International Atomic Energy Agency had set an October 31st deadline for Iran to prove it is not developing nuclear weapons or face referral of the matter to the U.N. Security Council.

On Thursday, Iran gave U.N. inspectors what it called a full report about its nuclear activities, including some that had not previously been reported. Iran maintains that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.

The United States accuses Tehran of having a nuclear weapons program.

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