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IRAN ALREADY A NUCLEAR POWER

TEHRAN: Iran will not tolerate threats from world powers when they discuss Tehran's package of proposals on October 1, a top aide to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday.

Ali Akbar Javanfekr, media advisor to Ahmadinejad, also said that accepting the Islamic republic as a nuclear power was the "first step" towards normalising relations between Tehran, Washington and the West.

"Iran is a nuclear power. We won't accept any threats during the negotiations or even after. We want negotiations based on logic and international laws," he told AFP in an wide-ranging interview in Tehran.

"They have to accept a nuclear Iran and have to negotiate with a nuclear Iran."

Iran and representatives of six world powers - the US, Britain, Russia, France, China and Germany - are to meet on October 1, probably in Turkey, to discuss Tehran's proposals aimed at allaying concerns over its nuclear programme.

The US, Israel, and other world powers suspect Tehran is making an atomic bomb under the guise of a civilian nuclear programme.

The Islamic republic denies the charge.

Javanfekr said Iran's nuclear programme was in accordance with international laws.

"What we want is that they (world powers) respect our nuclear rights and also other rights," he said.

"We have the technology and that is a reality which they have to accept," Javanfekr said.

Meanwhile, an Iranian attempt to ban attacks on nuclear sites suffered a setback when fellow developing nations declined as a bloc to endorse a draft resolution.

And a former Israeli defence minister said Israel will be compelled to attack Iran's nuclear sites if Western powers cannot agree crippling sanctions against Tehran by the end of the year.

"We cannot live under the shadow of an Iran with nuclear weapons," said Ephraim Sneh, who holds no position in the current Israeli government, in an interview on a visit to Britain.

"This is the very, very last resort. But ironically it is our best friends and allies who are pushing us into a corner where we would have no option but to do it."



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