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Rowhani reaffirms 'no' to permanent uranium enrichment suspension by Iran

Berlin, Feb 26, IRNA-Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani here Friday evening ruled out once again a permanent uranium enrichment stop as demanded by the three European countries and the US.

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"We have no such intention. We have said in our very first meeting with the three European foreign ministers in October 2003 that such a permanent cessation is not on our agenda," Rowhani said at a news conference at the new Iranian embassy in Berlin.

"I have said at that time that should any Iranian government ever accept an uranium enrichment stop, it would collapse on the very same day," added Iran's top nuclear negotiator.

Rowhani stressed all Iranians are unified in their stance that it is the country's legitimate right to produce nuclear fuel and limiting this right to only a few countries was "discriminatory".

He made clear that the issue of uranium enrichment had been a "very difficult" focal point in his earlier talks with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer.

Asked by a German journalist on a possible long-term suspension of uranium enrichment, Rowhani replied, "The duration of our uranium enrichment suspension was only limited and a long-term suspension is simply not on our agenda."

He called once again for a speedy settlement of the uranium enrichment issue.

Rowhani was due to leave Berlin for Tehran on Saturday.

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