AFP: Iran reaffirmed strongly Tuesday that it will pursue a full-scale nuclear program, from mining uranium, to enriching it and also building a heavy-water reactor which can produce plutonium, in comments by a senior official at a conference in Paris.
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PARIS - Iran reaffirmed strongly Tuesday that it will pursue a full-scale nuclear program, from mining uranium, to enriching it and also building a heavy-water reactor which can produce plutonium, in comments by a senior official at a conference in Paris.

"The people and government of Iran are determined to open their way through the tortuous path of peaceful use of nuclear technology despite all imposed restrictions and difficulties," said Mohammad Saeidi, vice president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

The United States charges that Iran is using its civilian nuclear energy program as a cover for secretly developing nuclear weapons.

Saeidi told a conference on nuclear power that Iran, one of the world's major oil producers, still needed nuclear energy "to reverse the trend of unrestrained use of fossil resources."