Iran's Supreme Leader Affirms Nuclear Program

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Tehran, Iran (AP) Iran's supreme leader says his country will continue its nuclear program despite the standoff with countries demanding an end to some of its atomic activities.

State radio on Wednesday quotes Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying that backing down in the face of what he called “arrogant powers” would only benefit those nations.

He says Iran would be wrong to give up its right to nuclear power in hopes of a change in policy by the west.

Khamenei reiterated that his country was pursuing nuclear technology only for peaceful purposes such as electricity generation.

The United States and others fear Iran aims to develop weapons. they are demanding a halt to Iran's uranium enrichment work, but Iran has refused.