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Government Spokesman: Iran will not wait for IAEA's next session

Tehran, Feb 13, IRNA-Iranian government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said on Monday that Iran will not wait for the next session of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors before proceeding in its nuclear program.

Elham made the disclosure while addressing domestic and foreign reporters during his weekly press conference in response to a question as to what measures Iran would take by the time the IAEA Board of Governors holds its next session.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. The Iranian Atomic Energy Organization is following and implementing a decree issued by President (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) in this regard," he said.

"The government's decision is irreversible," he added.

Asked about the US' calculated pressures on Iran, he said that the United States was moving toward a dead-end. "Pressures on Iran are not new."

"The US has used all illegal and illegitimate ways over the past 27 years to achieve its objectives. The tested are being re-tested which shows the US' lack of wisdom," he said.

"If the Islamic Republic of Iran were to yield to those pressures, there would be nothing left of the Islamic Revolution by now," he added.

In response to a question on US pressure in the talks between Iran and Europe, the spokesman said, "Iran has repeatedly announced it favors logic and dialogue (to settle the dispute) based on legal and international regulations.

"But it will not surrender to bullying by any country, whether on the issue of talks or pressure.

"If negotiation will mean Iran surrendering its legitimate demands, this will be another kind of pressure that will bear no fruit. But if logic is asked for, we will reciprocate within the bounds of our national interests."

Asked about the plan to hold a referendum on Iran's nuclear energy programs, Elham said that the "Bahman 22 rallies were a clear referendum participated in by all intellectual and political groups." "Looking at the issue closely and from a realistic point of view, one can understand it is one that is highly sensitive as far as the country is concerned," he concluded.

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