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Iran Rejects Sanctions

VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ Iran is again rejecting U.N. sanctions
and warning it will resist any increased pressure to suspend its
nuclear program.

The comments come at the end of a two-day meeting of the
International Atomic Energy Agency's board.

The chief Iranian delegate to the IAEA says Security Council
resolutions demanding Iran freeze its uranium enrichment have "no
legal basis.'' He accuses the U.S. of making ``a political issue''
out of a program only intended to produce electricity and says
allegations that Tehran has a secret nuclear weapons program have
been proved false.

In Tehran, the head of the Revolutionary Guards warned the
international pressure would exhaust Iran's patience. He says the
country is ``ready to respond to all enemy plots.''

Iran has declared and is running 3,000 centrifuges, which could
produce enough nuclear material for a warhead within a year and a
half, if Tehran chose to do so.


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