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"Today, no logical person goes after nuclear weapons," Iran's supreme leader said in a nationally televised speech Tuesday. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Islamic republic "is after peacefully using nuclear energy ... and will reach it." His remarks appeared to be a response to last week's suggestion by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran may be withholding information on secret attempts to build nuclear warheads. Khamenei also suggested that President Bush was mentally ill for saying that allowing Iran to acquire nuclear weapons would be "an unforgivable betrayal of future generations."

Under pressure from protesters, South Korea's government said Tuesday it has asked the US not to ship any beef from cattle that were at least 30 months old when slaughtered. A presidential spokesman said no imported US beef will be cleared for market until South Korea receives a reply to its request.


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