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UN resolution will increase pressure on Iran: analyst

TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (Mehr News Agency) -- International affairs analyst Ali Khorram said here on Wednesday that UN Security Council members will not need a new resolution to increase their political and economic pressure on Iran in 2007. The Security Council voted on Saturday to impose its first ever sanctions on Iran's trade in nuclear materials and technology.

"The Security Council members will follow their objectives through the recent resolution because all the parts that it was said Russia was trying to exclude from the resolution over the past two months have been covertly included in the text," Khorram told the Mehr News Agency.

"In this resolution, Iran has been treated like a country that possesses nuclear weapons, which is something we should be sensitive about," he added.

The Security Council deceitfully announced that the sanctions are not meant to pressure the Iranian people, and, unfortunately, Iranian officials also say that the sanctions will not influence anything, he stated.

Iran's parliament on Wednesday approved a bill obliging the government to "revise its cooperation" with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in response to the sanctions imposed on Tehran.

"The resolution de facto deprives Iran of technical and scientific cooperation with the IAEA except in the medical and agricultural spheres. Therefore, we will not have permission to conduct modern nuclear research," the analyst noted.

Resolution more complicated than it appears

International law expert Yusef Molaii called the resolution one of the Security Council's most complicated, technical, and important resolutions ever.

"The resolution is arranged in a way that makes it open to various interpretations, and thus more restrictions will be imposed on Iran than what the resolution shows on its surface," Molaii told MNA on Wednesday.

This situation will give many countries a free hand to deliver selective exports to Iran and put economic pressure on the country, he added.

The resolution will also discourage many countries from signing agreements with the Islamic Republic to avoid trouble, he added.

Under the UN resolution, a sanctions committee will be set up by the Security Council to monitor Iran and collect information from countries about their trade with Iran.

"The establishment of such a committee in the Security Council is very rare and important. It is a sign of serious determination to ensure that the resolution will be enforced," he said, adding, "It proves that the resolution is not just a scrap of paper."

The list of the people, institutions, and organizations related to Iran's nuclear program that is attached to the resolution is very extensive and could be used to impose many limitations on the country's industries, Molaii said.

Level of cooperation with IAEA lies with government: official

TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (Mehr News Agency) - The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Deputy Director Mohammad Saeedi said here on Wednesday that from now on the authority and the extent of revising Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency leis with the government.

"At every stage the Secretariat of the Supreme National Security Council, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, and the Foreign Ministry will make appropriate decisions according to circumstances and necessities of the time about reducing cooperation (with IAEA)," Saeedi told the Mehr News Agency.

The Majlis passed a bill on Wednesday obliging the government to revise the level of its cooperation with the IAEA and accelerate the nuclear activities after the UN Security Council approved sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program.

The first part of the Majlis ratification means that the parliament will back and support the country's nuclear program, Saeedi stated.

"Not only we should reject the resolution, but also we have to speed up the civilian nuclear program," he stressed.

In the second part of the ratification, with a realistic view on the issue, the Majlis has shown a logical and legal reaction by obligating the government to revise its cooperation with the IAEA in line with the national interests, he added.

Thus the Majlis has given the country's nuclear officials a free hand to decide on appropriate cooperation with the IAEA, he reiterated.

Currently, he added, according to agreements between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog, the inspections of Iran's nuclear activities are within the Nuclear-Non Proliferation Treaty obligations.

Asked about the startup of 3000 centrifuges at the uranium enrichment plant Natanz in February, Saeedi said, "We will advance in line with the plan announced to the IAEA."

IRGC commander says Iran abides by NPT, IAEA protocol

Tehran, Dec 28, IRNA - Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said on Thursday that the Islamic Republic of Iran abides by Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and protocol of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He said that the enemies are aware of Iranian commitment to NPT, but, they are afraid of economic progress of Iranian nation.

Their major concern is that they are anxious to see the Islamic Republic of Iran becoming a regional superpower.

The IRGC commander described the current developments in the region and the entire world as very sensitive and determining.

He made the remarks in a meeting with university lecturers at Baghiyatolah medical university.

The Islamic Republic of Iran would make progress in science and technology in order to become the first economic pole in the Middle East region, he said.

"Our enemies are determined to prevent us from attaining such a goal," he underlined.

Economic progress is the key to our independence, he said adding that "Our nation with access to scientific and technological know-how can make significant strides for progress," he said.

"We are determined to play crucial role in determining our own fate and administer all national affairs," said the commander.

Iran is capable enough to turn into the first scientific pole in medical sciences in the Middle East region as well, he underlined.

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