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By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
Topic - Manouchehr Mottaki
Iran's nuclear chief replaced the country's sacked foreign minister Saturday and said his top priorities include building a "special relationship" with Saudi Arabia, an announcement that appeared meant to ease suspicion and fear across the Persian Gulf about Iran's nuclear program.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fired the country's foreign minister Monday as he was in the middle of an official visit to Africa and named the nuclear chief to serve as the acting top diplomat.
"We can't put them up for negotiation," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Athens. "When all the countries say that they recognize Iran's right to develop peaceful nuclear technology, there is no room for such questions."
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the precise date was being discussed by the sides.