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Khatami: Referral of Iran's case to UN indicative of IAEA's failure

Tehran, Sept 22, IRNA -- President Mohammad Khatami said in Tehran on Wednesday that any possible referral of Iran's nuclear case to the Security Council of the United Nations was an indication of the UN nuclear watchdog's failure and its impotence to solve a problem by its own.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the president expressed hope that Iran's nuclear case would not be referred to the UN Security Council.

"We will try our best to prevent referral of Iran's case to the Security Council," stressed the president.

He further argued that by discussing the issue of sending the case of Iran to the UN Security Council, the US was after taking away the case from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and finding a better chance to impose its influence.

"Of course, it will not find a better chance there too, because there are some others in the Security Council who will oppose the US stands," stressed the president.

Noting that Iran would not welcome the idea of discussing its case in the Security Council, the president added that, however, this would not, at the same time, prevent Tehran from using its legitimate and international rights on employing nuclear technology.

He called as "positive" the report of IAEA Director General Mohammed ELBaradei on Iran's nuclear program and said if the IAEA recognized Iran's right to use nuclear technology, this would pave the way for next understandings.

Stressing that Iran would not quit the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), President Khatami noted that, however, "if they still insist on depriving Iran from its rights, then we will use the technology at any cost, even if, it would be no longer under the IAEA supervision."

"Whether be under the supervision or not, the Islamic Republic would never move towards finding access to the atomic weapons," president Khatami reiterated.

Asked on the impeachment of the minister of roads and transportation by the Majlis, President Khatami stressed that he was satisfied with the functions of all ministers of his cabinet and would support them.

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