Iran dismisses resolution, announces plan to produce 20% enriched fuel

June 12, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN - In response to the UN Security Council’s ratification of a fourth sanctions resolution against Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran will itself produce the 20 percent enriched uranium to power the Tehran research reactor.

Iranian officials had warned that if the Security Council approved a new sanctions resolution, it would abandon the nuclear swap agreement reached to provide nuclear fuel for the Tehran research reactor, which produces radioisotopes for cancer treatment.
At a press conference in Shanghai on Friday, Ahmadinejad called the UN resolution “a worthless scrap of paper.”
He accused U.S. President Barack Obama of following in the footsteps of George W. Bush and accused the United States of hypocrisy for leading the drive to censure Iran.
On Wednesday, the fourth Iran sanctions resolution in four years was approved by a vote of 12-2. Brazil and Turkey voted against the resolution and Lebanon abstained.
The Iranian president also criticized the Security Council and called it a “tool of dictatorship.”
Sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program “will have no effect” on the country’s progress, Ahmadinejad noted.
He also denounced the sanctions vote as an attempt by the five permanent members of the Security Council to “monopolize” nuclear energy.
“We have always said the Security Council is a tool in the hands of the United States. It is not democratic, it is a tool of dictatorship,” he stated.
In Tajikistan on Wednesday, Ahmadinejad called the sanctions “annoying flies” as useless as “used tissues”.
“These resolutions are not worth a dime for the Iranian nation,” the Iranian president said.
Tehran censures Security Council resolution
Other officials responded angrily to the sanctions resolution, calling the move “unwise”, “illegal” and “political”.
In response to the resolution, some lawmakers said cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency should be decreased.
Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, who formerly served as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, called the resolution “unwise and hasty.”
The U.S. and its allies, instead of taking advantage of the Tehran nuclear declaration, adopted unjust sanctions against Iran, Larijani stated.
He said the West’s problem is not Tehran’s nuclear program because “even if we had a nuclear bomb, there would not be any problem.”
The West’s main concern is Iran’s support for “the rights of the Palestinian people,” he noted.
Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi described the sanctions as “political, illegal, and illogical.”
MP Esmaeel Kosari, who also sits on the foreign policy committee, said, “The Majlis… will adopt a top priority bill (on)… decreasing ties with the agency on Sunday.”
On Wednesday, Iran’s ambassador to the UN said, “No amount of pressure and mischief will be able to break our nation’s determination to pursue and defend its legal and inalienable rights.”
Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee added, “Iran is one of the most powerful and stable countries in the region and never bowed -- and will never bow -- to the hostile actions and pressures by these few powers and will continue to defend its rights.”