1938 Alert from AFP, with thanks to Jeffrey Imm:
TEHERAN - Iran’s hardline government said on Monday it would not negotiate on its controversial uranium enrichment programme and vowed the country would continue to work towards an industrial-scale capacity.
“The right to enrichment within the framework of the NPT and under the surveillance of the IAEA is an absolute right,” government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham told reporters.
“This right and its implementation must be guaranteed. This is not something on which we can back down, whether for research or industrial purposes. This is not something on which we can negotiate or back down,” he said.