Blair demands Iran give up nuclear ambitions

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11 October 2005, LONDON - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday there were "real issues of concern" arising from the recent report by the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) over Iran's nuclear ambitions.

11 October 2005

LONDON - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday there were "real issues of concern" arising from the recent report by the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) over Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Speaking at his monthly news conference in London, Blair called on Iran to "abide by the rules" and give up any ambition to develop nuclear weapons.

The same warning applied to Iran's support for terrorism, said Blair.

If Tehran did not do so voluntarily, the international community did not lack the will to make sure it was forced to, he said.

Iran has long drawn international criticism over its nuclear programme, which Tehran claims is for peaceful purposes only but which the United States contends is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.

Blair said that Britain, which together with Germany and France makes up the so-called European Union 'Big Three', would continue talks with Iran aimed at solving the nuclear row diplomatically.

"We will pursue these discussions, but it has got to be on the basis that people live up to their obligations under the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Association) rules," he said.

Iran needed to be clear that "nothing other than obedience to the rules laid down by the international body is acceptable".

DPA

Subject: German news

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