Iran: Rallies begin in support of nuclear program

February 11, 2007 09:54

Iranians poured into the streets Sunday to mark the 28th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution as part of an event that also is widely seen as a national referendum on Iran's disputed nuclear program. In the capital, Tehran, hundreds of thousands of people chanted slogans in support of Iran's nuclear activities including: "Nuclear energy is our right" and "Death to America!" Some demonstrators carried banners highlighting defiant statement's made by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a loudspeaker told the crowd that the rallies were the "response of the Iranian nation to the illegal and invalid U.N. Security Council." Ahmadinejad is expected to make an announcement on Iran's nuclear activities later Sunday, just days before a UN Security Council deadline demanding Iran halt uranium enrichment or face further sanctions. The hard-line leader suggested last week that Tehran would instead announce that it is beginning to install a new assembly of 3,000 centrifuges in an underground portion of its uranium enrichment facility at Natanz that the US and some of its allies fear could be used to build nuclear

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