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Iran Rejects Rice's 'Threats'

6 February 2005 -- Iran today rejected what it called "threats" by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

On 3 February, Rice accused Tehran's "unelected mullahs" of a dismal human rights record and covering up attempts to build an atom bomb.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told a news conference in Tehran today that Rice's comments would have no impact on Iran. He also said a new round of talks with European negotiators will begin tomorrow.

Germany, France, and Britain are offering Iran economic incentives if it stops producing atomic fuel, which can be used for power plants -- or weapons.

In Vienna today, an Iranian negotiator in the EU talks was quoted as saying that Iran is determined to become an atomic fuel exporter.