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Iranian diplomat: EU reconsidering referral of Iran's case to SC

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Sept 22, IRNA
A senior Iranian diplomat said here Thursday that the EU is reconsidering its previous request to refer Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council.

Talking to IRNA, he said the Iranian delegation in Vienna was informed of the decision Wednesday evening.

Referral of Iran's case to the UN Security Council has no legal or technical bases, he said adding that it is only a political move and therefore has been faced with serious opposition by several members of the IAEA Board of Governors.

He further announced that Iran's Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based international agencies, Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh is to brief the members of the Board of Governors on the baseless reasons behind referral of Iran's case to the UN Security Council by the US and the EU.

Welcoming the new EU move, the Iranian diplomat said,
"Intensification of the crisis will neither benefit Iran nor the EU states".

Both Iran and the EU should refrain from a win-lose game and follow the win-win one, he said stressing, "Settlement of the crisis would benefit both sides.

"We believe that not only there is no need for reporting Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council, but also the verbal threat by the Security Council will follow the same consequences. We should not let the crisis be further complicated by making such claims."
According to reports, the European Union has backed off from its attempt to have Iran immediately called before the UN Security Council over its nuclear program.

The EU earlier in the week had been calling overtly for immediate referral to the Council but this was opposed by Russia, China and non-aligned nations on the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors, which is meeting in Vienna this week.

A Western diplomat said the climb down in calling this week for Iran to be taken to the Security Council for what the United States charges is a secret program to develop nuclear weapons was due to Russia's stiff opposition to the move.



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