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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Saturday that Iran would not bow to US pressure to roll back its nuclear program, state television reported.
"The US has already sanctioned Iran in different fields for the past 27 years. But Iran stood firm," the channel quoted him as saying at the University of Teheran at a ceremony to mark the start of the academic year.
Tangling with Teheran
Iran's hard-line president urged the West to give up "forever" attempts to make Teheran abandon its nuclear program. He accused the United Sates and its European allies were trying to halt progress in Iran by calling for the suspension of enrichment.
Iran violated a United Nations demand that it halt uranium enrichment August 31, opening the way for international sanctions.
On Saturday the US Senate passed legislation that would impose mandatory sanctions on entities that provide goods or services for Iran's weapons programs, two days after the House approved the measure. The Senate sent the bill to President George Bush.
The US and others fear Iran's goal for developing enrichment technology is to produce material for atomic bombs, while oil-rich Iran says it needs enrichment to provide fuel for nuclear reactors that will generate electricity for this developing nation.
Iranian and European envoys ended two days of talks in Berlin on Thursday with no agreement on the enrichment issue but insisted they had "come to some positive conclusions" on ways to open broader talks on Iran's nuclear program.