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Elham says enrichment suspension no longer an issue

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 13, IRNA
Government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said here Tuesday that suspension of enrichment was no longer an issue.

"The opposite side has killed the issue. Hence, the rights and assertions of the Islamic Republic of Iran are now stabilized," Elham told reporters at his weekly press conference.

He made it clear that while Iran would not welcome a new sanctions resolution (by the UN Security Council), it would not be concerned about one.

He urged the council to move reasonably on Iran's nuclear case because other options, sanctions in particular, would only complicate the current situation.

Asked about Iran's possible reaction to tougher Security Council sanctions against the country, Elham dismissed the idea by saying "sanctions will have no impact on the progress of the Iranian nation."

"To us, sanctions are not new literature because they had been imposed on Iran way back since the victory of the Islamic Revolution (in 1979).

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is not concerned about possible sanctions."

The spokesman added that in international arrangements, sanctions affect both sides.

In response to a question on the increasing threat of a military attack on Iran, Elham said: "We will give a serious, firm and appropriate response as called for by circumstances."

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