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Will Iran’s Islamic extremist leader pursue atomic weapons at all costs?

*Reuters, by Parisa Hafezi, November 30, 2007

Iran Vows to Press on with Atomic Plans

“Iran vowed to pursue its disputed atomic program come what may, reducing the chances that talks on Friday with the European Union would avert U.S. pressure for tougher international sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said late on Thursday that nothing would deflect the Islamic Republic from its pursuit of nuclear technology and that Washington had ‘lost’ in its attempts to stop them.

‘The Iranian nation will never return from the path that they have chosen and they are determined and decisive to continue this path (to obtain nuclear technology),’ Mottaki was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

If there is no progress at Friday’s talks in London, six world powers due to meet in Paris on Saturday will try to agree new penalties to propose to the U.N. despite differences in their approach to halting Irans’s nuclear program.

The West says the program is aimed at building atom bombs and wants a freeze on its enrichment of uranium.”

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