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Iran will continue developing its nuclear program
Iran will continue developing its nuclear program even if the UN Security Council adopts a tougher resolution on sanctions against the country, Tehran's top nuclear negotiator said Tuesday. On December 23, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution against Iran for refusing to suspend its nuclear program. The document stipulates that all countries must stop supplying the Islamic Republic with nuclear technology and materials that could enable it to develop nuclear weapons. Ali Larijani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, said the West "must understand that gaining knowledge on peaceful nuclear activity is Iran's national goal, which is shared by all of the country's political elements." The official said the only way to settle differences over the nuclear program was through talks with the EU-3 - Britain, France and Germany - which represent the European Union's stance on the issue. Larijani reiterated Tehran's commitment to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), calling the document "a good agreement given proper compliance by all parties". The UN Security Council resolution also bans all activities related to uranium enrichment, chemical reprocessing, and the construction of heavy-water reactors and nuclear weapons delivery vehicles in Iran. Tehran, which denies international allegations that its nuclear program is geared towards producing nuclear weapons, reacted to the resolution with a pledge to review its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's nuclear watchdog.
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