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Iranian FM writes to Kouchner on French contradictory policy

TEHRAN, Oct. 22 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Islamic Republic is a responsible member of the international community but will not abandon its legal right to nuclear technology regardless of threats and sanctions, Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said in a letter to his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner released on Monday.

It is about three decades that the United States and certain European countries have imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran but this has made the Iranian nation more resolute to make scientific and technological progresses, Mottaki said, insisting that the nuclear achievements were made in the time of sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Europe.

France's push for further unilateral sanctions on Iran and encouraging Europe to take this measure is the continuation of a policy whose inefficiency has already been tested.

"Taking actions and imposing unilateral sanctions against countries are illegal and an obvious violation of the UN charter. On the other hand it proves incapability and inefficiency of the UN Security Council. Also it clearly contradicts their commitment to resolving the issue through diplomacy," Mottaki explained.

"You cannot talk about dialogue while following the path of pressure and threats," the minister wrote.

The U.S. and some other countries possessing nuclear weapons have not fulfilled their commitments to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and yet they call themselves the treaty's advocators.

"They are making accusations against a country in which weapons of mass destruction have had no place in its defensive and security strategy in order to divert the world's public opinion from their nuclear arsenals." Mottaki stated.

Those who are pushing the UN Security Council to impose unjustifiable sanctions on the Islamic republic have prevented the council to take any actions against the nuclear ambitions of the Zionist regime.

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