Iran Will Not Be Bullied by United Nations

AP Photo " International Atomic Energy Agency"
AP Photo " International Atomic Energy Agency"

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's president defiantly refused to compromise as a U.N. deadline for his country to stop enriching uranium arrived Thursday, saying Tehran won't be bullied into giving up its right to nuclear technology.

President Bush said "there must be consequences" for Tehran, adding that "the world now faces a grave threat from the radical regime in Iran."

The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Iran showed no signs of freezing enrichment, adding that Tehran started work on a new batch Aug. 24.

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said the U.N. Security Council must be ready to impose sanctions. He added, however, that it will wait to take action until the European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, meets with Iran's top negotiator, Ali Larijani, sometime next week.

Iran's refusal to cooperate fully with the IAEA and its continued development of nuclear technology leaves no doubt that it is seeking a nuclear bomb, Bolton told reporters. Iran contends its program is for peaceful purposes.