شنبه ۳۱ تیر ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۱۱:۴۳
Russia is Against Taking Iran’s Case to U.N. Security Council
Russia, which is building Iran’s first nuclear reactor in Bushehr, said today it is against referring Iran’s nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council. "Taking this issue to the U.N. Security Council - which is a political body - will hardly do us any favors," Igor Ivanov, head of Russia's Security Council and a former foreign minister told the Interfax news agency.
Ivanov’s comments came a day after Iran said its nuclear program should not be referred to the U.N. body. But at the same time John Bolton, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, said the U.S. is pushing for Iran’s nuclear activities to be debated at the Security Council. The U.S> is accusing Iran of secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons program. Iran rejects the US allegations and says its nuclear program is solely for civilian purposes.
Iran’s Foreign Minster Kamal Kharrazi told CNN on Tuesday that Iran is not seeking nuclear bombs, but it has developed long and medium-range missiles to defend itself against potential threats. Kharrazi also said that Iran’s nuclear program should not be referred to the UN Security Council because “there hasn't been a violation.”
Meanwhile, John Bolton said at a conference at the American Enterprise Institute that, "The reason we favor taking it to the Security Council is, we want to put Iran in the international spotlight, in the agency and the UN system responsible for such matters, to change the global political dynamic, to increase the pressure on Iran to give up pursuit of nuclear weapons.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called on Iran to immediately suspend all activities related to uranium enrichment and to provide a definitive review of its nuclear activities until the 25th of November . The agency will decide in its November session “whether or not further steps are appropriate “.