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Iran refuses to end nuclear program, curbs cooperation with IAEA

RIA Novosti

26/03/2007 10:39 TEHRAN, March 26 (RIA Novosti) - Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said Sunday the resolution of the UN Security Council will not stop his country's nuclear program "for a second."

"The [UN Security Council] Resolution is not something new to the Iranian people," the Iranian president said. "The UN Security Council's illegitimate resolutions will not stop the Iranian people's peaceful nuclear activity for a second."

Referring to the vote on Resolution 1737, when the Security Council failed to listen to the Iranian president's statement, Ahmadinejad said that the "illegitimate" resolution "is an obvious sign of defeat of the liberal-democratic movement and its twilight."

He said further resolutions or actions would mar the prestige and weaken the global community's confidence in international organizations. He reaffirmed that Iran's nuclear activity was absolutely peaceful and corresponded to international laws.

Tehran has also announced that it will limit its cooperation with the IAEA in response to UN Security Council's Resolution 1747 on Iran.

Government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham said the decision was adopted at an Iranian government meeting late on Sunday.

He said, "Voluntary cooperation between the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) under an agreement on guarantees will be partially suspended until the 'nuclear dossier' on Iran is returned from the UN Security Council's jurisdiction to that of the IAEA."

Elham said the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran would suspend points 1 and 3 of the additional agreement on guarantees with the IEAE, which was signed by Iran more than four years ago.

Under the agreement, Elham said, Iran had to report any new nuclear facilities and plans for implementation of the nuclear program to the IAEA until appropriate decisions are made, while the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NNT) demands that signatories report any new nuclear facility six months before its commissioning.

The Iranian government's instructions to partially suspend cooperation with the IAEA were in line with an Iranian parliamentary decision, which approved general provisions of a draft law late in December 2006, which required the country's government to review cooperation with the IAEA.

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to impose new sanctions against Iran for its unwillingness to halt nuclear activities.

The UN Security Council resolution freezes foreign financial accounts of 13 Iranian companies and 15 individuals involved in uranium enrichment and missile development projects, imposes visa restrictions and bans arms exports and imports to and from Iran.

The resolution threatens new sanctions, if Iran does not comply within 60 days, and urges the Islamic Republic to return to negotiations.

Last December, in response to Iran's unwillingness to give up its nuclear ambitions, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1737, which provided for sanctions against Iran banning activities involving uranium enrichment, chemical reprocessing, heavy water-based projects, and the production of nuclear weapons delivery systems.

At the same time, Vitaly Churkin, Russia's permanent representative at the UN, said the new resolution on Iran ruled out the use of force against the Islamic Republic.

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