Iranian vice president says keeping Iran's nuclear case in UNSC not justifiable
www.chinaview.cn 2008-02-23 23:17:56   Print

    TEHRAN, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iran's First Vice President Parviz Davoodi said on Saturday that keeping the case of Iran's nuclear program in the United Nations Security Council is not justifiable, the official IRNA news agency reported.

    "International lawyers believed keeping the case of Iran nuclear program in the United Nations Security Council has no justification," Davoodi was quoted as saying in Uroomieh, the capital city of Iran's northwestern province of West Azerbaijan.

    Iran has completed the cycle of its nuclear fuel and answered all questions raised in this connection, he added.

    Davoodi made the remarks in response to the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, which was released on Friday about Iran's nuclear activities.

    IAEA's inspectors "have made quite good progress in clarifying the outstanding issues that had to do with Iran's past nuclear activities," Davoodi said.

    ElBaradei Friday circulated his latest report on Iran's nuclear program to the Agency's Board of Governors.

    "In the last four months, in particular, we have made quite good progress in clarifying the outstanding issues that had to do with Iran's past nuclear activities," ElBaradei said after the publication of his report.

    However, he said that the progress is still not enough and the IAEA was still unable to give a definite verdict on Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

    Davoodi also pointed out that, "Iran's nuclear case should normally be returned to the IAEA regarding the report."

    He expressed hope that "now that the international community has found a positive view" toward the peaceful nature of Tehran nuclear activities, Iran would be able to continue its nuclear activities soon like other countries within the agency's framework.

    Criticizing western media dumbness toward the news related to Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, the first vice president said that "Westerners prefer to censor news related to Iran's nuclear case."

    "They regard it more as political than be a technical and legal matter," he added.

    The UN Security Council has adopted two resolutions -- one in December 2006 and the other in March of 2007 -- in attempts to force Iran to suspend uranium enrichment activities and to give up its nuclear programs.

    France, Britain and Germany formally introduced to the UN Security Council Thursday a draft resolution that calls for further sanctions against Iran over its refusal to suspend sensitive nuclear enrichment activities.

    Iran has downplayed the effect of possible new sanctions, saying Tehran would show a "serious and logical reaction" if the UN Security Council issues a third resolution.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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