April 24, Stop Fundamentalism â€“Reuters reported Sunday that Iran said that it would not abandon its work on uranium enrichment as the United States and the Europeans demand. Iran says that it will â€œface the consequences,â€ Reuters reported quoting Hamid Reza Asefi, the Foreign Mystery spokesman of Iran.
"Iran’s uranium enrichment and nuclear research and development activities are irreversible," Asefi told at a news conference.
The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is due to report by April 28 deadline on whether Iran is complying with a U.N. demand that it halt enrichment, a process Western nations fear Iran could be use to develop atomic weapons.
Western nations have threatened to press for international sanctions on Iran if it does not heed calls to stop enrichment.
The United States has said it wants a diplomatic resolution to the standoff but has not ruled out military action.
President George W. Bush has refused to rule out any option for stopping Iran from developing such weapons, including the use of a U.S. nuclear strike to disable Iran’s atomic facilities.