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Iran condemns UN resolution as illegal

TEHRAN, Dec. 23 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement here on Saturday condemning the UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran's nuclear work as an illegal measure violating the terms of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Statute.

The Security Council voted on Saturday to impose sanctions on Iran's trade in sensitive nuclear materials and ballistic missiles.

"Such a political and unlawful measure by the Security Council can not restrict the realization of the country's inalienable rights. Rather, it will lead to the Security Council's decisions being discredited," the statement said.

The Iranian people remember how Britain and the United States used the Security Council as a tool against their independence and national sovereignty -- they called the nationalization of Iran's oil a threat to world peace and security to pressure Iran, it added.

The Iranian nation has not left their destiny to invalid decisions by the Security Council and will never do so, the statement noted.

"The resolution cannot create an obstacle for Iran's nuclear development. The Iranian nation will continue their peaceful nuclear activities relying on their national power and within the framework of realizing their inalienable rights based on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

"The nuclear program is supported by all officials, educated people, and the masses, and that is why the illegal actions against Iran's national rights by the U.S. and Britain will only strengthen Iranians' national will to maintain their independence and national sovereignty and insist on their legitimate rights in order to guarantee Iran's future.

"The U.S. and Britain used all their political and legal might to convince the UN Security Council to approve the new resolution in order to block Iranians' access to the full use of legal nuclear energy, but it should be noted that these two fading powers cannot prevent the development of the Iranian nation through threats and bullying acts."

... Payvand News - 12/24/06 ... --

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