Sending Iran nuclear dossier to UN has no legal basis:Aqazadeh
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Moscow, Sept 13, IRNA
Iranian Deputy president and Head of Iran Atomic Energy Organization Gholamreza Aqazadeh said here Monday night that there are no legal basis for sending Iran nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council.
Aqazadeh also warned "otherwise Iran's response would be firm and serious."
Speaking at a press conference in Moscow he said Iran's relations with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been
"Our position with other nations are transparent and there is no reason for sending the case to any other organization other than the IAEA," he added.
On question on the nature of Tehran's response in case the nuclear file is sent to the UN Security Council, he added "if this happens then everybody will see Iran's reaction."
On his discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Secretary General of Russian National Security Council Igor Ivanov, and head of Russian Atomic Energy Organization Alexander Rumantsev, he said that Moscow's position was clear even before today's meetings.
"Our position has inched closer to that of Russia's," he said.
In addition to Russia other nations have also cleared up their positions vis-a-vie Iran nuclear activities and many countries have adopted positions opposing sending Iran's file to UN, Aqazadeh reiterated.
"We also discussed regional cooperation with Russian officials with satisfactory outcome." During the meeting they were briefed on Iran's nuclear policies, Aqazadeh added.
On the issue of Iran's new proposals, he added that Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has prepared new proposals on nuclear issues and because the issue is pivotal on our country's agenda he will announce them (proposals) in the coming days.
He also said that Tehran is prepared to continue negotiations with other European states in addition to troika of France, Britain and Germany.
"Other nations have also expressed interest in entering talks with Tehran."
The continuation of peaceful nuclear activities is Iran's legitimate right and no government has the authority to compromise on this right, he stated.
He also said there is no incentive to be offered by the Europeans that will convince Tehran to scrap its nuclear energy program.
"We are not after give and take in the negotiations with Europe and believe that through confidence building on the issue and transparency we can preserve our national rights."
The Majlis has directed the government to produce about 20,000 megawatts of electricity in the next 25 years and so far analysis has been carried out on about ways of producing 2,000 megawatts.
"We have invited many nations around the world, including Russia to participate in construction of nuclear powerplants."
Given the high price of oil and its dwindling reserves we are obliged to complete our nuclear programs soon as possible, Aqazadeh underlined.
While calling on Iran to halt uranium conversion, Russia -- a permanent Council member with a veto to block any move against Iran -- opposes a referral and calls for more diplomacy to settle the impasse.
EU officials and the United States have been trying to win the support of other IAEA board members such as China, India and South Africa, which are reluctant to send Iran to the Council.
EU diplomats have said more than half a dozen countries on the IAEA's 35-nation governing board, which meets on Sept. 19, believe there is no justification for a referral.
Moscow has been long criticized by Washington for building a $1 billion nuclear power plant for Iran near the southern port of Bushehr, due to be launched next year.
Iran denies U.S. accusations it is seeking nuclear bombs and says it is entitled to a peaceful nuclear electricity programme.
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