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3/13/04

Rowhani describes IAEA resolution on Iran as unfair

Tehran, March 13, IRNA -- The resolution adopted by the UN nuclear watchdog on Iran's nuclear activities is unfair, declared Secretary General of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani here on Saturday.

Rowhani said at a press conference that the resolution falls short of recognizing Iran's extensive cooperation with the IAEA over the past months and what it reflects are beyond realities.

The Iranian security chief said that although the resolution does not bring any new commitment for Iran, its tone is not a proper one.

He termed the IAEA resolution draft as the one presenting image of an 'ugly devil with dangerous horns and sharp teeth', whose horns are now removed, and its teeth are broken but its ugly visage still remains.

Rowhani said that all the statements, except that of Canada, raised at the IAEA Board meeting on Saturday had been in Iran's favor, indicating that Americans have not been able to dictate their stances on them and that the course the Islamic Republic of Iran has chosen is correct.

The IAEA resolution is devoid of any content and some of the paragraphs are illusions, said Rowhani, adding that for instance, Americans had initially claimed there were other sites, besides Natanz in Iran, where enrichment projects were underway.

He said that due to the same reason, they had called on Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program. "Since we do not have any other site except Natanz (for the uranium enrichment program), the part (of the resolution concerning the issue) lacks any credibility," added the Iranian official.

Certain sections of the resolution have exaggerated realities, for instance the P-2 part, which is far from realities, he added.

The IAEA Board adopted a resolution under the US and Zionist lobby on Saturday, condemning Iran for alleged atomic energy activities. The resolution, adopted without voting and despite strong differences among the members, suffers certain flaws and falls short of taking Iran's case to the UN Security Council.

Since October 21st, when Tehran became a signatory to a crucial declaration with the European Union's trios -- Britain, Germany and France -- Iran has had extensive cooperation with the IAEA.

Tehran voluntarily suspended its uranium enrichment program and signed up to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) one month after the November meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors, when the US failed to push the dossier to the UNSC through the members.

The US has been accusing Iran of developing nuclear arms -- a claim Tehran has strongly denied.

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