Tehran: Iran has written to the 15 members of
the UN Security Council insisting that new sanctions slapped
on the Islamic republic will not affect its nuclear programme,
the state news agency said on Thursday.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in the letters
Iran "considers that the adoption of such (UN) resolutions
will not affect its utterly peaceful nuclear programme," the
IRNA news agency reported.
Instead, Mottaki added in his letters to the foreign
ministers of the Security Council member states, Iran is now
"more determined" than ever to develop its atomic programme.
He criticised "the hasty adoption, at the insistence of
America and its allies, of an unjust and illegal resolution
against the great nation of Iran."
On June 9, 12 members of the Security Council, including
all five permanent members, voted in favour on imposing a
fourth set of sanctions against Tehran over its uranium
enrichment programme, the most controversial aspect of the
Brazil and Turkey voted against and Lebanon abstained.
Mottaki thanked the Turkish and Brazilian foreign
ministers for "resisting the pressure of some specific nations
and voting against the resolution," IRNA said.
He also reiterated Tehran`s position that, "nuclear
weapons have no place in Iran`s defence and security
World powers led by Washington accuse the Islamic
republic of seeking to build nuclear weapons and are demanding
that it freeze its uranium enrichment activity, which can be a
key step towards developing an atomic arsenal.