Iran firm on nuke manufacturing

TEHRAN - Iran will not negotiate with anyone about its right to nuclear technology, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday , hours before talks aimed at defusing an atomic row with the West were to start in Rome.

Western nations accuse Iran of seeking to build an atomic bomb, a charge Tehran denies, insisting it only wants to master atomic technology so it can make electricity and save its huge oil and gas reserves for export.

According to the Fars News Agency , Ahmadinejad also repeated Iran's position that it would not suspend uranium enrichment, the key demand of the UN Security Council.

Iran's new nuclear negotiator and Ahmadinejad's ally, Saeed Jalili, arrived in Rome yesterday to meet EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, who is representing world powers in the meetings.