Iran Prez Ahmadinejad accuses US of `nuclear blackmail`

Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 18:25

United Nations: Six major countries met
here to further tweak a draft resolution that could impose
sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme,
even as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the US of
"nuclear blackmail".

Envoys from the five veto-wielding members of
the UN Security Council -- the United States, Britain, France,
Russia and China -- plus Germany met here and discussed about
the draft resolution moved in the council in January.
"We have just had a very constructive consultation,"
China`s UN Ambassador Li Baodong told reporters as he emerged
from the closed-door meeting held at the US mission to the
United Nations.

"We now have a better understanding of each other`s
positions. We will continue these consultations," he said.

The envoys are understood to have discussed about the
US draft resolution that outlines sanctions in five areas such
as arms embargo, energy, shipping, finance and targeted
punitive measures against Iran`s powerful Revolutionary
Guards.

The meeting also comes close on the heels of countries
like India and Brazil making it clear their opposition to the
sanctions, saying they will hit common man more than the
ruling establishment.

In the letter, second this week, to the United
Nations, Ahmadinejad slammed US` new nuclear policy and recent
comments by its top diplomats on Iran.

The new policy "allows America to launch an attack
against Iran and North Korea as well as Secretary of Defence
Robert Gates statement that all options are on the table."
The letter, sent to the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
the Security Council and the General Assembly President, Ali
Treki, said that the Nuclear Posture Review violated the UN
Charter and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"Such inflammatory statements which are tantamount to
nuclear blackmail against a non-nuclear-weapon State signatory
to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
(NPT) constitute a serious violation of the United States
obligations and commitment, under international law," he
wrote.

The Security Council has already imposed sanctions on
Iran three times to deter its from its alleged nuclear
program.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 18:25

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