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Netherlands bans Iranian students from nuclear studies

Press TV - The government of the Netherlands has announced plans to ban Iranian students from studying nuclear technology at Dutch universities.

"It is grant Iranian nationals access to special training or teaching that could contribute to nuclear proliferation activities in Iran and the development of systems for transmitting nuclear arms," the foreign ministry said in a Friday statement.

The ban covers the nuclear facilities in the southeastern town of Borssele and a test reactor at Delft University of Technology, the country's main technical academic center.

The Dutch government's decision comes as the west increases its pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.

Western countries accuse Iran of trying to build nuclear weapons. Tehran, however, strongly rejects the allegation and says that its nuclear program is strictly peaceful in nature.

Iran also refuses to give in to western demands that Tehran halt its uranium enrichment activities, arguing that as a signatory to the NPT Iran is entitled to produce its own nuclear fuel. The strategy is seen as eventually enabling Iran to avoid depending on foreign fuel sources for its nuclear power plants it is planning to build.

Despite western pressure and sanctions, Iran has maintained full cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which regularly inspects the country's nuclear facilities and monitors them using cameras.

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