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Iran to reconsider Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty adherence if pressed

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official website; BBC profile] said Saturday that Iran [JURIST news archive] may reconsider its participation in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) [text] but would not immediately withdraw from the pact. Speaking on the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Ahmadinejad said Iran would reevaluate its position if other nations use its membership as a means to pressure its nuclear decision-making.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] Board of Governors voted [JURIST report] last week to report Iran to the UN Security Council [official website] based on concerns about Iran's restarted nuclear program. In his speech Saturday, Ahmadinejad dismissed potential UN sanctions on Iran, saying the country could meet its own needs. Reuters has more. From Iran, IRNA news agency has local coverage.

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