No more excuses to keep Iran nuclear dossier at UN
February 24, 2008
TEHRAN -- Government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham here on Saturday congratulated the nation on the IAEA’s declaration that there is no diversion in Iran’s nuclear activities.The Islamic Republic has maintained its inalienable rights and served the international community by proving the credibility of international organizations in the face of pressure by the hegemonic powers, Elham told reporters at a press conference.
International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei presented a report on Iran’s nuclear program to the IAEA Board of Governors on Friday which vindicated the country by reaffirming its nuclear transparency.
“The agency has been able to continue to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran,” ElBaradei said in the report.
After the release of the report, the people of Iran celebrated throughout the country.
The IAEA does not have any other questions for Iran because all of them have been answered, and “we will continue our cooperation with the agency,” Elham stated.
“We do not see any ambiguous point (in the nuclear activities) and after the investigations, the agency also made the issue completely clear for the world,” he asserted.
Hopefully, international organizations will not allow legal issues to become politicized because this would harm everyone, the government spokesman said.
Asked about the statements of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who said on Friday that the United States still seeks a third resolution against Iran, Elham stated, “We are not worried about that” because the IAEA is the only organization authorized to investigate Iran’s nuclear dossier.
Rice said on Friday that the new IAEA report is irrelevant for the U.S., adding, “There is a very strong case for moving forward on the Security Council resolution.”
This clearly shows that the nuclear issue is being politicized and there was no legal basis to send the Islamic Republic’s nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council and this only happened because of the U.S. pressure, Elham noted.
Asked how Iran can declare that the nuclear issue is resolved while the country’s nuclear dossier is still on the agenda of the UN Security Council, he stated, “In our opinion, it is illegal and unjustifiable to keep Iran’s nuclear dossier at the Security Council, and it should be sent back to the IAEA as soon as possible.”
On Friday, Iranian top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili also congratulated Iranians on the victory gained by the IAEA’s positive Iran report and said the success is due to the nation’s resistance and perseverance, IRNA reported.
Addressing a press conference, Jalili said the IAEA report proved the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.
First Vice President Parviz Davudi said in Urmia on Friday that there are no more justifications or legal bases for Iran’s nuclear dossier to remain on the agenda of the UN Security Council.
The people of the world believe Iran is in the right and “such victories make the Iranians more determined” to insist on their nuclear rights, he added.
Former Supreme National Security Council deputy secretary Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli stated that the release of ElBaradei’s report has created a good opportunity for European countries to adopt stances different than the United States’ position.
Despite the fact that Iran has utilized all its potential to prove its good intentions and has voluntarily implemented the additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Western countries’ approach to the issue is still political rather than legal and technical, Rahmani-Fazli told the Mehr News Agency.
The U.S. has surely realized that dealing with Iran within the framework of international law is much more efficient than political and illegal approaches, he noted.
IAEA report leaves no pretext for new sanctions against Iran
Iranian ambassador to Paris Ali Ahani said the IAEA report has eliminated all pretexts for Western countries to pursue further sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
In an interview with France 24 news channel on Friday, Ahani said the report confirms that all ambiguities surrounding Iran’s nuclear program have been cleared up and it is time for Iran to resume “normal cooperation” with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“According to the report, we have resolved all the remaining problems and have cleared up all misunderstandings in line with the action plan reached with the international organization. This is a very important step for us.”
“We have answered all questions raised by the IAEA … we are interested in seriously continuing our cooperation with the agency in a normal situation,” the ambassador stated.
He said the report proves that the Western powers’ allegations casting doubt about the peaceful nature of Iran’s atomic drive are baseless.
“In fact, in this report, the agency’s director general asserts that all previous ambiguities have been cleared up.”
The report has found no trace of pursuing nuclear arms in Iran’s activities, he noted.
“I personally studied the agency’s report very carefully and I am happy with the progress in cooperation with the agency.”
Ahani criticized the UN Security Council’s efforts to impose more sanctions on Iran, calling it a move that runs counter to the IAEA’s findings.
The diplomat asked why the previous resolutions were issued.
“Suspicions that Iran’s nuclear program has military applications have been expressed, even though the IAEA and U.S. intelligence agencies have confirmed that no military program is underway,” the envoy said.
No legal basis for new UN nuclear resolution
Supreme National Security Council Deputy Secretary Javad Vaeedi said on Saturday, “If the Security Council wants to issue a resolution, it will be legally and technically baseless.”
“At the end of the report, it was clearly stated that all remaining issues have been resolved,” ISNA quoted Vaeedi as saying.
However, the United States and certain other Western countries do not want to heed the IAEA report, he added