UNITED NATIONS, March 24 (Mehr News Agency) - Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki on Saturday called a new UN sanctions resolution against Iran unlawful and unjustified.
The Security Council's 15 members unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday expanding the sanctions imposed on Iran in December for refusing to freeze its uranium enrichment program.
"This is the fourth time in the last 12 months that in an unwarranted move orchestrated by a few of its permanent members, the Security Council is being abused to take an unlawful, unnecessary and unjustifiable action against the peaceful nuclear program of the Islamic Republic of Iran," Mottaki told the Council as carried by AFP news agency.
Mottaki reiterated that "Iran's nuclear program is completely peaceful".
The 1747 Resolution bans all Iranian arms exports, freezes the overseas assets of 28 additional officials and institutions linked to Iran's nuclear program, and restricts financial aid or loans to Tehran.
"The Security Council's decision to try to coerce Iran into suspension of its peaceful nuclear program is a gross violation of the (UN) Charter, and contradicts the Iranian people's right to development and the right to education," the Iranian top diplomat explained.
He reaffirmed Iran's right to conduct uranium enrichment as enshrined by the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which Tehran is a signatory.
Mottaki said the sanctions resolutions "do not even reflect the views of the Council's own 15 members, since most of them were not thoroughly informed about, let alone, engaged in, the discussions held in secret meetings where only a few, among them non-members of the Council, decide for the whole Security Council."
South Africa, Indonesia and Qatar, the three non-permanent Council members, expressed reservations about the resolution but decided to vote in favor.
Mottaki said, "Iran neither seeks confrontation nor expects something beyond its absolute rights."
However, he said "pressure and threats will not lead to a change in Iran's policy."
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted the Resolution 1747 on Saturday imposing new sanctions against Iran under the pretext that Tehran has refused to suspend its nuclear enrichment activities.
"In our view this resolution is unlawful, and unjustified and also outside the framework of the duties of the Security Council," the Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini explained.
He said by endorsing the recent resolution the Security Council once again challenged its duty to defend the rights of nations and governments based on the Article 25 of the UN Charter.
"By adopting the resolution the Security Council moved toward the path of discrediting the UN Charter and international law and a deviation from justice."
He said: "Attempts by the Security Council to force Iran to relinquish its absolute and legal rights have come as result of pressure by certain powers in the Security Council."
Such resolutions don't represent the will of the world public opinion and many countries and international and regional institutions do not support them, the spokesman remarked.
The Resolution 1747 doesn't reflect the demands of the international community and instead it will disappoint the public opinion from the performance and duties of the Security Council by approving such unlawful resolutions, he maintained.
Hosseini reiterated that the Security Council is obliged to observe law and act within the boundary of its duties.
The spokesman added the decision by the Council to force Iran to suspend its peaceful nuclear activities demonstrably flouts the Article 25 of the UN Charter and tramples on the basic rights of Iranian people.
"The Resolution 1747 was ratified at a time that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)has acknowledged that Iran has not breached its nuclear commitments and its has been loyal to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and has put all its nuclear installations under a constant supervision of he the IAEA inspectors," he underlined.
Hosseini confirmed again that Tehran is fully prepared to clear up any kind of ambiguity about its nuclear dossier and resume negotiations about its nuclear activities without any preconditions within a certain period of time.
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