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Iran says UN resolution may lead to new tensions

RIA Novosti

01/08/2006 18:30 TEHRAN, August 1 (RIA Novosti) - The UN Security Council's resolution on Iran has no legal grounds and could exacerbate the situation around the country's nuclear program, Iran's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

The UN Security Council voted Monday in favor of a resolution to set August 31 as a deadline for Iran to suspend all uranium enrichment activities. If Iran fails to fulfill UN demands, economic and diplomatic sanctions may be imposed on the Islamic Republic.

"The UN Security Council resolution is not legally justified, and can yield no constructive results. In reality such a resolution could lead to new tensions," ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said.

He said the resolution, which was backed by all Security Council members except Qatar, was motivated by "some countries' political goals".

Iran's nuclear program has been a source of major controversy since the beginning of the year, as many countries suspect the Islamic Republic of pursuing a covert weapons program under the pretext of civilian research, despite its claims to the contrary.

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