July 27, 2007
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NPR NEWS’ MIKE SHUSTER GAINS UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS
TO NUCLEAR FACILITY IN IRAN
AND
INTERVIEWS IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MANOUCHEHR MOTTAKI
AND IRAN’S CHIEF NUCLEAR NEGOTIATOR ALI LARIJANI

ON NPR NEWS ALL THINGS CONSIDERED TODAY, THURSDAY, JULY 26; AUDIO AT WWW.NPR.ORG

Editors’ Note: Shuster may be available for phone interviews on
Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28;
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July 26, 2007; Washington, D.C. – In interviews with Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, along with rare access to Iran's nuclear facilities, NPR News’ Mike Shuster captures the confident and defiant position of the Iranian government in its effort to continue enriching uranium.

When asked about the U.S. threat to take military action if Iran continues their effort in enriching uranium, Foreign Minister Mottaki confidently said, “We believe the U.S. is not in a position to impose a new war on the American taxpayer.” He continued his defiant position against the Bush administration’s policies towards Iran by saying “in today’s world, the instrument of sanctions is no longer effective.”

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