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World Powers Discuss Iran in Wake of Satellite Launch བོད་སྐད།


Top diplomats from six world powers are holding talks Wednesday on Iran's nuclear program, a day after Tehran announced the launch of its first satellite into orbit.

Envoys from France, Germany, the United States, China, Russia and Britain, meeting in the city of Wiesbaden, are reviewing diplomatic efforts to get Iran to stop enriching uranium.

It is the first meeting of the group since U.S. President Barack Obama took office last month.

The United States and some European countries expressed concern after Tehran announced an Iranian-made rocket had carried a domestically built satellite into orbit late Monday.

Experts say the same ballistic technology used to put the probe into space could also be used in long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hassan Qashqavi, Wednesday dismissed concerns over the space launch, telling reporters the satellite launch is a scientific achievement with "no military aims."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tuesday called the launch, which came as Iran marks the 30th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution, a step toward peace and justice.

A White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, Tuesday said there is "acute concern" over Iran's actions. He told reporters the United States "will use all elements" of its national power to deal with Iran.

A U.N. resolution prohibits Iran from engaging in any missile-related activity, which Western countries fear could eventually be used to launch a nuclear weapon.

Iran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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