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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Iran says has new nuclear proposal

Aug 9, 2005 — By Louis Charbonneau and Francois Murphy
ABCnews:VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog held a crisis meeting on Tuesday to try to stop Iran pursuing a nuclear program after Tehran resumed work at a uranium plant, stoking Western fears it was bent on developing atomic weapons.

As the governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) met in Vienna, Iran's new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he had new ideas to resolve the nuclear standoff with the West and was ready to continue nuclear talks with the EU.

"I have new initiatives and proposals which I will present after my government takes office," he said in a telephone conversation with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, the semi-official ISNA students news agency reported.

He added that Iran — which says it is only seeking nuclear power — had done nothing unlawful by resuming uranium conversion at a nuclear facility near Isfahan on Monday

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