Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Iran to develop civil nuclear energy despite UN Security Council

RIA Novosti

06/08/2006 12:56 TEHRAN, August 6 (RIA Novosti) - Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Sunday Iran will continue its uranium enrichment activities despite a UN Security Council resolution.

The UN Security Council voted July 31 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 the UN's demands, economic and diplomatic sanctions may be imposed on the Islamic Republic.

Ali Larijani said Iran would continue to develop civil nuclear technologies under the control of the UN nuclear watchdog.

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.

Larijani said Iran had not violated any of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.


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