Iran's response to next resolution will worsen situation, Soltanieh warns
June 16 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, said on
Friday that Iran's response to the next UN resolution will make the "situation
Tehran will "not leave
unanswered" any measure meant to increase the pressure on
Iran and impose
sanctions on the country through UN Security Council resolutions "which have no
technical or legal justification," Soltanieh told the Mehr News Agency.
Noting that Iran's "patience is running thin", he said, "The
government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been continuing... cooperation with
the International Atomic Energy Agency within the framework of its legal
obligations, such that the IAEA director general has announced no diversion has
been discovered in Iran's nuclear activities and the agency has been able to
continue" its test of Iran's honesty.
Pointing to Tehran's
decisions to ban 38 IAEA inspectors from visiting nuclear sites and to suspend
implementation of the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT), which were responses to
dossier being sent to the Security Council and the imposition of resolutions, he
warned that similar decisions would be taken "if more pressure is put on
Undoubtedly, any new resolution against
Iran would make
the situation worse, Soltanieh said.
"Those who have committed such historic mistakes and sent a purely
technical and professional issue to the Security Council should be
The West has demanded that
Iran suspend its
uranium enrichment activities, despite the fact that
Iran is legally
entitled to enrichment for civilian purposes as a signatory to the
Soltanieh said there is no justification for an enrichment suspension
and asked the West to acknowledge
technological breakthrough in the nuclear industry.
"Based on ElBaradei's reports and statements, the international
community should accept the reality that today,
mastered enrichment technology and the issue of suspension, which has had no
legal and technical justification, has lost its political meaning. The
international community should adjust itself to this
Soltanieh confirmed that
Iran has agreed
to snap inspections of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility by IAEA
has agreed to unannounced inspections in order to prove the peaceful nature of
its activities and show maximum transparency."
Agreeing to snap inspections was a display of goodwill by
should have allayed all concerns about enrichment activities in
Iran, he noted.
IAEA inspectors made an unannounced visit to the Natanz enrichment
facility on May 13 and ElBaradei confirmed
cooperation based on its commitments, he added.
their recent quarterly meeting, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) members of the
IAEA Board of Governors issued a statement expressing their support for
program, which was read out by the Cuban ambassador.
Soltanieh pointed out that at every Board of Governors meeting over
the past four years,
NAM has issued a
legitimate right to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and has always
insisted that voluntary measures, including suspension of enrichment activities,
have not been binding.
its most recent statement,
emphasized that the problem can only be resolved by returning
dossier to the IAEA and resuming negotiations without preconditions, Soltanieh
strongly took issue with the representatives of the
Britain who had
protested to IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei because he said
Iran should be
allowed some kind of enrichment, he explained.
The other important point in the most recent
was its support for a resumption of dialogue between
Iran and the
European Union, which was registered in the IAEA documents, he
Unfortunately, for the past four years, a "serious suspicion" has
arisen about the West's intentions toward
Iran has reached
the conclusion that the West wants a "full halt to
activities under the pretext of a temporary uranium enrichment suspension,"
Soltanieh pointed out.
The three European Union states,
make efforts to restore the lost trust, he added.
Asked about the exaggeration of the unimportant remaining issues
between Iran and the IAEA by representatives of the EU 3, he said, "The Islamic
Republic has announced that it has always been prepared to clear up any kind of
ambiguity about its nuclear activities, and it is prepared to give assurances
that these activities will not be diverted toward military and banned
The misunderstanding over
program began with the observation of nuclear dust on centrifuges, but ElBaradei
in June 2004 that the contamination had a foreign origin, he
After the contamination issue was resolved,
dossier should have been removed from the IAEA agenda, but due to the political
motivations of certain countries, the issue was left on the agenda of the board
and was even sent to the UN Security Council, he added.
Downgrading voluntary cooperation led to less information
went on to say that
Iran has not
violated the agency's Safeguards Agreement by reducing its cooperation with the
IAEA, and if the director general has claimed in his reports that the
program has been reduced, it has merely been a result of
Tehran's decision to downgrade
Security Council must stop interference
The dispute over Iran's nuclear dossier can only be resolved if the
Security Council stops its interference, the dossier is returned to the agency,
and negotiations are resumed, without preconditions, Soltanieh
"As the director general's reports have shown, interference by the
Security Council has only made
issue more complicated."
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