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2/9/05

Iran: Washington Blocking Efforts to Resolve Differences

By VOA News

The head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council says Tehran wants to resolve its differences with Washington and that a U.S. military strike will not destroy all of Iran's nuclear facilities.

Hassan Rowhani, who is also Iran's top nuclear negotiator, made the remark on state television Tuesday.

He said Iran can move its nuclear workshops under mountains and carry out its program where no bomb and missile could be effective.

Mr. Rowhani said Iran is not seeking tensions with the United States, but that Washington is blocking all efforts to resolve differences.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said last week that a military strike against Iran was "not on the agenda at this point."

The United States accuses Iran of secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charge.

Rice Tells Iran Do Not Delay Nuke Talks with Europeans By David Gollust, VOA, Brussels

Though the Bush administration has publicly supported the joint British, French, and German diplomatic nuclear initiative with Iran, U.S. officials have expressed impatience with the negotiation process that has been underway for more than a year.

In an interview with Fox television before beginning talks in Brussels, Ms. Rice said she does not know whether anyone has told Iran as clearly as they should what the consequences will be if it rejects European incentives for full disclosure of its nuclear program

The Secretary said the Iranians need to hear that if they are unwilling to accept the deal, then a referral of the matter to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions looms.

She said Iran cannot use talks with the Europeans as, what she termed, a kind of way station, where they are allowed to continue their nuclear activities, which despite Iranian denials the United States says includes a covert weapons program.

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