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Iran headed for a showdown with Security Council

AFP , TEHRAN

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday that Tehran will press on with its nuclear work, suggesting it was heading for a showdown with the UN Security Council which has ordered a freeze.

"The Islamic republic has made up its mind and on the nuclear program and other issues it will continue on its path with strength, with God's help," he was quoted as saying on state television.

Iran is due today to formally respond to an offer by major powers proposing a package of incentives in return for a freeze in uranium enrichment, a process that can be developed to make nuclear weapons.

The Security Council has also given Iran until next Monday to halt enrichment and reprocessing.

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