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Asefi: Referral of Iran's nuclear dossier to UNSC unjustifiable

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 16, IRNA
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Sunday that there is no legal justification for referral of Iran's nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Speaking to domestic and foreign reporters in his weekly briefing, he added that this has also been confirmed by the Russian and Chinese officials.

He noted, "During the recent visit of Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to China, Iran's right for access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes was supported by the Chinese officials. The non-aligned movement (NAM) member states are of the same opinion.

"Iran cannot be threatened with referral to the UNSC forever, similar to `the sword of Damocles'. Hoping that things would not end up this way, for the time being such an option should not be taken into view,' he added.

In response to a question about the Saudi King Abdullah's remarks and his hope that Iran would not interfere with establishment of security in Iraq, he replied that similarly Iran hopes that the Saudis would help promote Iraq's security and stability and would stop disrupting the process of their domestic affairs.

Concerning the remarks of the Italian Defense Minister Antonio Martino that "Iran tends to annihilate the Jews and Israel", Asefi maintained that Martino should read history, given his limited knowledge about historical events.

"In fact, destruction of Jews (holocaust) has never been witnessed in the Middle East and Iran. It is rather rooted in Europe. He should avoid raising such strange charges, given that this does not suit the status of Italy's senior officials," he added.

About the relief measures taken by Iran in the recent killer earthquake in Pakistan and the material and human loss of the Iranians residing in the country, he said that the Iranian government expressed its deepest condolence over the disaster to Pakistani people and government.

"Iran's Red Crescent Society was quite active in providing the quake victims with relief packages. A committee was formed by Iran at the quake-levelled areas by various Iranian organizations and institutions represented in Pakistan, which took charge of rescue operation," he added.

Asked about the visit of a British delegation to Iran on November 4, Asefi replied that given the present atmosphere and the concurrence of the visit with the anniversary of the occupation of US embassy in Tehran by students in 1979 the visit would apparently be postponed.



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