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NUCLEAR: Iran is Not Concerned about Referral to Security Council, Spokesman Says
The foreign ministry spokesman said Iran ws not afraid of US calls for its nuclear activities to be referred to the UN Security Council. Meanwhile, head of the Majles national security and foreign relations committee called for an end to Iran’s voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment. July 11, 2004 - “Iran is not afraid of threats regarding the possible referral of its nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council,” foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said on Sunday.
“We are not worried about such threats, although we are trying to sort out the problem through the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its board of governors,” he added.
The US and Israel accuse Iran of hiding a nuclear weapons program and have called for the case to be sent to the UN Security Council for possibly imposing sanctions on Iran for violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. But IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said during a visit last week to Israel that such a referral would only complicate matters, because it may not end in any SC action.
“Considering Iran’s transparency and cooperation, there would be no reason to send our dossier to the Security Council,” Asefi said. He also confirmed that Iran had taken the “political decision” to resume the manufacture and assembly of centrifuges but said that unspecified technical issues had yet to be resolved.
Last month, in a reaction to an IAEA resolution critical of Iran’s lack of “full” cooperation with inspectors, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani said his government will no longer honor its commitment to the three European countries – Britain, France and Germany -- to suspend uranium enrichment activity. The IAEA resolutoin was based on a draft by the three.
Asefi, however, said the manufacture of the centrifuges, which can also be used for producing nuclear fuel for Iran's Russian-built power plant, will take place under IAEA control. The Islamic government officials have also said they do not intend to start the process of enriching uranium in order to make weapons-grade enriched uranium.
Meanwhile, the conservative head of the Majles national security and foreign relations committee Ala’Edin Boroujerdi said on Sunday that there should be an end to Iran’s voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment. He said the announcement by secretary of the supreme national security council Hassan Rowhani about resumption of uranium enrichment has forced to three European countries to back off, and “now they are again willing to negotiate with Iran, having accepted the fact that Iran’s decision to resume building centrifuges was serious.”