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Iran Rejects Sarkozy's Nuclear Claims

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
The Iranian government has said the country's nuclear program is peaceful, rejecting remarks by French President Nicolas Sarkozy that Tehran was pursuing a nuclear bomb.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that Iran's activities were "transparent" and in "cooperation" with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

On January 20, Sarkozy accused Iran of pursuing a "senseless race for a nuclear bomb."

Mehmanparast accused Sarkozy of "looking for a pretext to put pressure on the Iranian nation."

He also said a planned oil embargo by the European Union was a "totally wrong course" and would not solve the nuclear dispute.

compiled from agency reports