'IAEA move only strengthens Iran determination,' says envoy

By REUTERS
November 18, 2011 18:59

A UN atomic agency board resolution on Iran's nuclear program will only strengthen Tehran's determination to press on with its disputed activities, a senior Iranian official said on Friday.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said the Islamic state would not halt uranium enrichment even for "a second", making clear his country would not back down in the dispute with major powers.

Soltanieh spoke to reporters shortly after the 35-nation IAEA board adopted a resolution voicing "increasing concern" about Iran's nuclear program, cranking up international pressure on Tehran after a UN report said it appeared to have worked on designing an atom bomb.


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