Iran rejects UN sanctions resolution draft
Iran on Wednesday dismissed as "illegitimate" a draft UN Security Council resolution seeking to impose harsher sanctions against Tehran for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment.
Tehran: Iran on Wednesday dismissed as
"illegitimate" a draft UN Security Council resolution seeking
to impose harsher sanctions against Tehran for its refusal to
halt uranium enrichment.
Mojtaba Hashemi Samareh, a top adviser to Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said the draft proposed by the
US was a reactionary response to a deal in which Iran agreed
to ship much of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey.
The surprise deal, brokered by Turkey and Brazil Monday,
didn`t ease concerns in the West that Iran`s nuclear program
has military dimensions primarily because Tehran has said it
will continue to enrich uranium to higher levels.
Uranium enriched to a low level is used for nuclear fuel,
but if processed to much higher levels it can be fashioned
into a weapon.
"The draft resolution being discussed at Security Council
has no legitimacy at all," the official IRNA news agency
quoted Samareh as saying today after a Cabinet meeting.
The deal would deprive Iran at least temporarily of some
of the stocks of enriched uranium that it would need to
process further to create a weapon, if that were its
intention. Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful.
But because seven months have elapsed since the agreement
was originally floated and Iran continues to enrich - it would
still have enough material to make such a weapon even if
Tehran shipped out the original amount stipulated by the UN.
The material would be returned to Iran in the form of
fuel rods, which cannot be processed further. Iran needs the
fuel rods to power an aging medical research reactor in Tehran
that produces isotopes for cancer treatment.
But to the US and its allies the deal is to little now
The United States and its Western allies won crucial
support from Russia and China for new sanctions against Iran
yesterday but face tough opposition from non-permanent UN
Security Council members Turkey, Brazil and Lebanon.
Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi, who is also the head of
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said world powers would
discredit themselves if they passed new sanctions.
"By issuing resolution, they would further discredit
themselves in the public opinion," he said on state TV.
"Discussions of imposing sanctions has faded away and this is
a last effort by the Western countries."