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03/09/08

UN resolutions root from political will of certain states: Iranian FM

Tehran, March 9, IRNA - Resolutions adopted by the United Nations Security Council have roots in political will of some certain countries, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday.

He made the remarks on the sidelines of a day-long international conference on Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Mottaki referred to the latest report released on February 22 by Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei who verified non-diversion of Iranian nuclear program.

The report has clearly verified that all six outstanding issues about Iran's peaceful nuclear activities reflected in the paragraph I2 and II of the Work Plan (Modality Plan) between Iran and the IAEA were resolved.

The IAEA chief said in his 11-page report that the agency has made good progress in clarifying the outstanding issues relating to Iran's past nuclear activities.

"We have managed to clarify all the remaining outstanding issues, which is the scope and nature of Iran's enrichment program," the IAEA chief said.

Referring to Tehran's active cooperation with the agency in line with confidence-building process, Mottaki said "Iran has taken major steps to this end."

Mottaki criticized the Western governments double-standard policy in the field of nuclear issue saying the attitude would seriously damage the credit of international bodies.

No organization has ever protested to the existence of the Israeli regime's nuclear reactors while, unlike Iran, it is not a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Mottaki said.

He stressed that the best way to resolve remaining issues about Iran's peaceful nuclear activities "is to exchange views and hold talks."

Referring to the UN's latest anti-Iran resolution, Mottaki said the resolution lacked any legal legitimacy as it ignored ElBaradei's latest report.

Referring to the allegations that Iran has conducted weaponization studies, ElBaradei stressed in his report that the agency has "not seen any indication that these studies were linked to nuclear material."

The IAEA chief also called on Iran to accept Additional Protocol to Non-Proliferation Treaty to make easy monitoring Iranian nuclear activities in future.

Iran said that it would accept implementation of the Additional Protocol should the country's nuclear case was returned to the IAEA from the UN Security Council.

Iran had voluntarily implemented the Additional Protocol to NPT which grants intrusive inspection to the IAEA, but, suspended it later in protest at the referral of its nuclear case to the United Nations Security Council.

The UN Security Council has adopted a third resolution against Iran on March 3 under vigorous pressure by Western powers, the US in particular and ignoring ElBaradei's report on the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities.

The council has adopted two other sanctions resolutions against Iran in December 2006 and March 2007.

Iran has denounced the current and previous resolutions as violation of international law and said they only harmed the 15-nation Security Council's standing.

Jalili says he will not receive Rice for talks

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili said here on Sunday that he will not receive the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for talks.

Jalili made the remark when asked by one of the participants in a nuclear meeting in Tehran whether he would accept Rice for talks if she made such a proposal.

He was speaking at the International Conference on Iran's Peaceful Nuclear Program and Activities: Modality of Cooperation with the IAEA.

Forty scholars and personalities from 30 countries are attending the one-day meeting at Foreign Ministry's Institute for Political and International Studies.

US peace activist: Sanctions are unfortunate

An American peace activist said here Sunday that sanctions are very unfortunate.

"I think the sanctions are very very unfortunate because of a lot of difficulties (they create) and they do no good in developing relations," said a nun and priest with the Episcopal Church, Ellen Francis Poisson in an interview with IRNA on the sidelines of the International Conference on Iran's Peaceful Nuclear Program and Activities: Modality of Cooperation with the IAEA.

Poisson said the UN Security Council resolution had been issued under the US pressure. "My personal opinion is the US has put pressure on the UNSC to impose sanctions," she said.

As for Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki's inaugural speech at the conference, Poisson said, "It was very good; very thorough presentation. I think he made the main points that Iran has resolved all the outstanding issues with the IAEA."

She hoped for continuation of dialogue.

She added that peaceful civilian conversation will be helpful in all different levels to promote peaceful dialogue.

Forty scholars and personalities from 30 countries are attending the one-day meeting at Foreign Ministry's Institute for Political and International Studies.

US expert happy with Iran's cooperation with IAEA

A US expert said he is happy with Iran's cooperation with the IAEA.

"I am very happy about the cooperation that Iran has given to the IAEA," said the expert Stephen Chinlund in an interview with IRNA on the sidelines of the International Conference on Iran's Peaceful Nuclear Program and Activities: Modality of Cooperation with the IAEA.

Chinlund welcomed Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki's speech at the conference and said, "I believe that what he (Mottaki) said was entirely rational and I hope it will lead to moderation of the tone of the media and America."

Regretting the issuance of third anti-Iran resolution by the UN Security Council, Chinlund said, "And I hope that in the future there will not be this kind of resolution by the UNSC," he said.

He said that during two weeks of his stay in Iran he has been impressed by Iran's insistence on love, compassion and justice and patience.

"So, I have learnt to be more patient and to surrender to God in the hope that in the future things would be better and we would not have to deal with this kind of painful conflict," he noted.

As for the West's playing double-standards towards nuclear issue, Chinlund said, "Let me say, I am against double-standards. And I believe that the policy of the US should be more even-handed. As we criticize other governments we should criticize Israel as well. No nation is perfect. It is just the normal part of being in the family of nations, to be clear about the fact that there are many people in Israel who want peace, many people who are tired of war, many people who want to have other way of responding to trouble and non- violence. So, my hope is that in the future America would be more even -handed in the way we communicate with Israel."

Forty scholars and personalities from 30 countries are attending the one-day meeting at Foreign Ministry's Institute for Political and International Studies.

Chinese scholar rules out charges against Iran's peaceful nuclear program

A Chinese nuclear scholar here Sunday ruled out charges against Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Addressing the International Conference on Iran's Peaceful Nuclear Program and Activities: Modality of Cooperation with the IAEA, Li Guo Fu dismissed accusations that Iran intended to produce bombs to strengthen its position.

He said there are rumors that Iran is seeking to produce nuclear bombs to strengthen its position and authority but the fact is that if such a claim is true, it will on the contrary undermine the country's position and authority.

Li called for negotiations as the best way of solving the ongoing problem.

Forty scholars and personalities from 30 countries are attending the one-day meeting at Foreign Ministry's Institute for Political and International Studies.

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