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Iranian MPs call for resumption of nuclear activities

Tehran, March 9, IRNA-Majlis deputies on Thursday condemned the dual attitude of the West towards Iran's peaceful nuclear activities and called for implementation of the Majlis ratification enjoining resumption of nuclear activities.

Reacting to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) referral Wednesday of Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council on the basis of IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei's report, 195 MPs condemned the move by issuing the following letter, to wit:

"The brave Iranian nation is aware that continuing pressures using the country's nuclear activities as a pretext are the result of efforts to seek independence achieved by a nation through the Islamic Revolution and determined to cut the hand of foreigners from its affairs," the letter said.

"The heroic sons of Islamic Iran have reached a high degree of scientific capability thanks to their devotion to religion and belief in their capacity. The same thing is true with respect to areas previousl monopolized by the big powers.

"This speaks of the high degree of efficiency of the Islamic system in responding to the needs of the nation which has become an example to the region and the world," it added.

It said: "In recent months, the global hegemonic coalition, including Zionism, under the United States' leadership made it appear that Iran was pursuing nuclear weapons.

"But the whole world knows that the Iranian nation is defying various threats and pressures because it has the right under the Non-Prliferation Treaty and will defend this right to access nuclear research at all cost.

"Our government endeavored to build the confidence of the world by adhering to international regulations and by engaging in dialogue with opposing parties, allowing IAEA inspections and suspending its nuclear activities.

"But it seems such measures came to naught because of the illegal machinations of big powers. They raised unfounded and illegal demands such as permanent suspension of nuclear research.

"We, the MPs, would like to remind that it is the duty of the government to precisely implement regulations and end suspension of all nuclear activities as mandated by law.

"We announce that the Iranian government and nation are determined to defend the Islamic Revolution and system by relying on God Almighty and through coherence and unity and in obedience to instructions ofe Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in all fields." The IAEA Board of Governors, on the last day of its winter session on Wednesday, agreed to refer Iran's nuclear case to the Security Council.

Certain Western press and political experts believe the decision was made under US pressure in order to defeat Russia's nuclear proposal.

Iran has always supported peaceful settlement of its nuclear case through talks and has called on the West to follow this path.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday called on the US to avoid the use of threats against Iran.

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