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Asefi cautions UNSC permanent states not to go to extremes

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 7, IRNA
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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday cautioned foreign ministers of five permanent states of the United Nations Security Council not to go to extremes in the face of Iran's nuclear case.

Asefi made the remark while speaking to domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press briefing prior to a meeting of foreign ministers of the five permanent states of the Security Council -- Russia, China, Britain, France and the United States -- along with Germany.

The meeting is scheduled to be held in New York on Monday to discuss a draft resolution prepared by Britain and France and supported by US against Iran's nuclear activities.

"If their measure and attitude are rational, they will receive a wise response," Asefi said.

He also warned against involvement of the Security Council in Iran's nuclear case and adoption of incorrect decision by the council, saying, "In that case, cooperation could turn into confrontation.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran regards the issue of its nuclear case being raised at the Security Council as illegal and is against the issue.

"It will not come as a surprise to Iran if that they adopt a resolution making irrational demands from Iran. In that case, Iran will reject the resolution.

"Iran will not accept a resolution falling short of officially recognizing its rights."
The spokesman added, "We think the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should not be weakened."
The US on Saturday failed to convince the 15 Security Council members to approve the proposed draft resolution against Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Pointing to Iran's extensive cooperation with the IAEA, he said, "Reports presented by the IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei showed no diversion in Iran's nuclear activities.

"Iran is ready to continue cooperation and talks with the agency and other countries.

"If authors of the resolution are seriously determined to solve the case, they can focus on positive aspects of ElBaradei's report." The spokesman added the US and the West intend to take advantage of the Security Council politically.

"In fact, certain countries have set trap for independent states through measures taken at the Security Council and the possibility of adopting a resolution (against Iran).

"The issues of suspension and halt are not on Iran's agenda at all," he said.

The spokesman added, "Iran will strive to restore its inalienable rights and believes the sides could reach a compromise through dialogue and negotiations.

"It is now up to the opposite side which option to choose." 2327/1412



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