Sanctions threat discredits major powers: Iran atom chief
The head of Iran`s atomic energy organisation said on Wednesday that the major powers would be "discrediting" themselves if they went ahead with a push for new UN sanctions despite a surprise deal inked with Brazil and Turkey.
Tehran: The head of Iran`s atomic energy
organisation said on Wednesday that the major powers would be
"discrediting" themselves if they went ahead with a push for
new UN sanctions despite a surprise deal inked with Brazil and
Turkey, the Fars news agency reported.
"(Talk of) imposing sanctions has faded and this (UN
Security Council draft) resolution is the last effort by the
West," the news agency quoted Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi,
who also heads Iran`s atomic energy organisation, as saying.
"They feel that for the first time in the world
developing countries are able to defend their rights in the
world arena without resorting to the major powers and that is
very hard for them," he said after a meeting of government
The Iranian official, however, played down the chances of
success for the new sanctions resolution.
"We should be patient because they won`t prevail and by
pursuing the passing of a new resolution they are discrediting
themselves in public opinion," Salehi said.
"I think there are some rational people among them who
will stop them from making this irrational move.
"They work on the fundamental of the logic of power which
they say gives them the right, and no world crisis is soluble
without them," he said.
On Monday, the foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey and
Brazil signed an accord which commits Tehran to depositing
1,200 kilogrammes (2,640 pounds) of low enriched uranium (LEU)
in Turkey in return for fuel for a research reactor.
Iran has touted the deal as a breakthrough but Western
countries have remained sceptical and argued it does not
remove the need for new UN sanctions.
Salehi also said that Tehran is "preparing the letter
(for the UN watchdog) and we will hand it over in due time."
He was referring to a provision in the Brazilian- and
Turkish-brokered deal stipulating that Iran formally announce
its undertakings to the UN nuclear watchdog within a week.
The International Atomic Energy Agency director Yukio
Amano said today that he is still waiting for Iran`s official
notification of the accord.