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Iran Reinstates CNN After Apology --> President Ahmadinejad at a press conference earlier this month (ITAR-TASS) 17 January 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Iranian state-run media are reporting that President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has decided to allow CNN to resume operations in Iran following an apology by the U.S.-based news network for misquoting Ahmadinejad, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reported.

Iranian authorities on 16 January banned CNN journalists from working in Iran after the broadcaster, during a live translation of a press conference by Ahmadinejad on 14 January, quoted the president as saying Iran has the right to have nuclear weapons.

Ahmadinejad actually said Iran has the right to nuclear energy and technology.

CNN said it had made a translation error and had apologized on its news channels and Internet site and had also expressed its regrets over the incident to the Iranian government.

(with material from AFP)

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