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Japan Today - News - Japan's Leading International News NetworkAhmadinejad takes reins in Iran as pressure mounts over nuclear stance

Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 17:13 JST
TEHRAN — Ultra-conservative Mahmood Ahmadinejad takes over the Iranian presidency with Tehran under mounting pressure from the West over a threat to resume some nuclear activities.

Ahmadinejad, who came from nowhere to win a stunning election victory in June, will formally take office at a meeting in the office of supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

The European Union and United States on Tuesday issued sharp warnings to Tehran over its threatened violation of a deal suspending its some sensitive nuclear fuel work.

The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany and EU foreign policy supremo Javier Solana warned of "other courses of action" if Tehran carries through with its threat to resume uranium ore conversion, the first step in the cycle to producing fuel for nuclear reactors.

Ahmadinejad, who was a complete unknown until becoming Tehran mayor two years ago, has yet to give concrete indications of how Iran will look under his rule.

Branded by his enemies before his June 24 victory as a dangerous extremist, the former revolutionary guard has gone out of his way to vow there will be "no place for extremism" in his government. (Wire reports)

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