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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iran's Leader To Seek UN Meeting

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would like to attend a UN Security Council meeting to defend his country's disputed nuclear program, Iranian state-run television reported Sunday.

"The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran intends to attend a UN Security Council meeting to be held on Iran's nuclear case in order to defend the rights of the Iranian nation in exploiting peaceful nuclear energy," state television quoted Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham as saying.

The report did not elaborate about when Ahmadinejad planned to attend a meeting and whether he had been invited by the Security Council.

The report comes days after the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, suspended nearly two dozen nuclear aid programs to Iran in a move that could affect Tehran's cooperation with the agency.

Delegates to a 35-nation meeting of the IAEA approved the punitive measure against Iran as part of UN sanctions imposed because of the country's repeated refusal to roll back its nuclear program.

The Security Council in December imposed limited sanctions against Iran over its refusal to freeze uranium enrichment. The five permanent Security Council members plus Germany are now consulting on imposing additional sanctions because Tehran has continued to defy demands that it stop enrichment.