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Asefi: Referral of nuclear dossier to UNSC has no legal basis

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 18, IRNA
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday said that referral of Iran's nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has no legal basis and even if it goes to the UNSC, there is clear-cut procedure to deal with it.

Speaking to the media on his weekly briefing, he added that Iran's high potential in the management of crisis has been proved in the past and that being referred to SC will not be the end of the world.

In response to a question about resumption of nuclear activities at Natanz in Isfahan province, he said that the issue of uranium enrichment is not currently on the agenda.

"We look forward to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Monday session and hope for promising results paving the way for negotiation," he added.

Asked whether more IAEA Board of Governors member states are in favor of referring Iran's nuclear dossier to the UNSC, he replied that some countries may be subject to the pressure of the world powers and act against their will.

About the extent of being optimistic that the dossier will not be referred to UNSC, he said, "If logic, wisdom, international laws and legal reasoning are taken into view, I will be one hundred percent optimistic that it will not be sent to the Security Council.

"But if the matter is politicized and a single view is to be imposed upon Iran, it will be quite different. We should wait and see whether legal principles and international regulations will prevail or discrimination and bullying."
Turning to the recent visit of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to New York to attend the 60th regular session of the UN General Assembly, he termed it as an important event.

Meanwhile, at the beginning of the session, Asefi expounded on achievements of the president's five-day visit to New York and said that his various meetings and exchange of views with many of the world heads of states, representatives of mass media and his contacts with the Iranian expatriates residing in the US are of great significance.

"Ahmadinejad and the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed significant issues including the UN reform and the process of Iran's nuclear dossier. The two sides underlined the need for continuous contacts and dialogue.

"In his second speech in the UN General Assembly, the president urged the need for strategies aiming to free the Middle East from weapons of mass destruction and compliance with the IAEA nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)," he added.


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