Anti-Iran resolutions not affecting Iran-China gas deals

March 12, 2008 - 0:0

TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Adoption of anti-Iran resolutions by the United Nations Security Council had no influence on gas deals between Iran and China, a senior official at Oil Ministry said on Tuesday.

Deputy Oil Minister Ali Kordan told reporters that there was no indication from the Chinese side for reviewing its previously signed agreements with Iran following the UN's latest anti-Iran resolution.
On March 3, the United Nations adopted a third resolution (1803) against Iran for its peaceful nuclear activities under vigorous pressure from Western states, the U.S. in particular.
The council has previously adopted two other resolutions against Iran in December 2006 and March 2007.
Iran said that the resolution would have no impact on the country as it lacked legitimacy for ignoring the latest report of the International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei on Iran on February 22.
The 11-page report verified Tehran's non-diversion from its civilian nuclear program.
""Chinese companies involved in gas deals with Iran, particularly in the North Pars gas field and in production of liquified natural gas (LNG) projects, have not yet signaled to review their previously signed agreements with Iran or being reluctant to continue with their activities in the country,"" he said.
Kordan added that Tehran and Beijing have held talks for carrying out joint projects to establish refineries in Iran and Indonesia in the future.