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Larijani says IAEA resolution lacks legal foundation

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 27, IRNA
Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Tuesday that the resolution passed by Board of Governors of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) against Iran lacks legal foundation and Iran expects the member states to review the resolution.

He told reporters that Iranian reaction to the resolution will be in the context of statute of the UN Agency and Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Elaborating on Iran's reaction to the resolution, Larijani said that MPs have put forward a draft proposal to suspend implementation of Additional Protocol to NPT and the voluntary actions Iran has taken so far towards confidence building.

Iran signed Additional Protocol to NPT two years ago to give objective guarantees to the international community about civilian nature of Iranian nuclear program and allowed UN Agency's inspectors to visit all nuclear sites to ensure that no diversion would take place.

"We will not make hasty decision. Majlis will examine the MP's proposal to suspend Additional protocol. For the time being nothing is determined yet. Of course, our reaction will depend on what the Europeans will do next.

"We honor our commitments to NPT. As the Foreign Ministry said in a statement if the Europeans embarked on taking practical steps in line with the context of the resolution and insist on it to impose something beyond law on Iran, Iran will strongly react to them," Larijani said.

Behavior of UK and India
Larijani said he regrets British action in the Board and its objection to Iranian nuclear program.

"We had talked with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting. Straw said he believes in continued negotiations and tackling the matter in a calm atmosphere.

"What the UK did in the IAEA Board was contrary to outcome of our talks with them."
He also lambasted India for giving a vote in favor of the Board resolution and said, "India was our friend. We did not expect India to do so."
A reporter asked about reducing level of economic cooperation with the three European states and India, he said, "I believe the friends should not be judged by a single action. Iran enjoys friendly relations with India. Of course, we have complaints about their behavior."
On economic relations with the UK and the European states, he said, "I must say political behavior will affect economic relations." "Our policy is not to take a hasty or extraordinary decision. The matter is under study, but, we will not do something out of haste," Larijani said.

A reporter asked whether he thinks the first diplomatic performance of the new government was unsuccessful, he said that the decision to resume Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Isfahan had been made by the former government and it was not the decision of the new government.

"The entire nation wants to have fuel cycle and going ahead with nuclear program. It does not depend on the governments.

"The government's diplomatic drive brought failure to the US which could not pass the resolution by consensus. China, Russia, Mexico, Brazil and several other states abstained and the US campaign to form consensus against Iran failed," he said.

"We reject the resolution and believe that it will not work." On expulsion of British ambassador, he said no decision has been taken to that effect.


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