[March 08, 2006]

Chirac: Iran has right to nuke power

(Turkish Daily News Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)Iran has the right to civil nuclear power as long as it respects its commitments to the cause of non-proliferation, French President Jacques Chirac said on Tuesday.

"France believes in the need for the demands of non-proliferation to be respected, but believes this does not in any way prejudice Iran's right to civil nuclear energy within such a framework," Chirac was quoted as saying by his spokesman.

He made the remarks in conversation with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a few days ahead of a crucial meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which must rule whether to refer Iran to the Security Council over its nuclear program.

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