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UN Sanctions against Iran Illegal: Envoy

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, April 13 (ICANA) – Iran's permanent envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) challenges the legitimacy of the UN Security Council's resolutions against the Islamic Republic.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 10:02:11 AM
UN Sanctions against Iran Illegal: Envoy

“Under article 1230 of the [IAEA] articles of associations, the agency can refer a country's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council only when that country's 'noncompliance' has been determined and reported to the director general by inspectors, who will then report the issue to the Board of Governors,” IRNA quoted Ali-Asghar Soltanieh as saying Wednesday.

He insisted that neither the former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei nor the agency's inspectors had submitted such a report on Iran and thus referring the country's nuclear dossier to the Security Council is in violation of the agency's articles of association.

Soltanieh argued that referring a country's nuclear dossier to the council would only be justified when there is enough evidence that the state's nuclear activities have deviated toward military objectives.

The Iranian official cited Iran's openness to inspections and its cooperation with the IAEA agents as yet more proof of the transparency of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

“In the 26 written reports published by the agency it has been stated that the inspectors were able to inspect [Iran's nuclear facility],” he underscored.

The Iranian top diplomat cited article 1230 of the IAEA articles of association which stipulates that proven noncompliance of a country, which has received nuclear substances and equipment from the agency, could prompt the nuclear body to send the case to the UNSC.

“However, the Islamic Republic of Iran has never received any material or equipment from the agency,” he stressed.

Soltanieh cited a line in the resolution adopted by the IAEA Board of Governors -- which was called for by the Non-Aligned Movement -- under which suspension of nuclear activities is an optional, confidence-building and non-binding measure.

The Iranian IAEA envoy said Tehran deems UNSC resolutions against its nuclear program as lacking legal grounds.

“Implementing these resolutions contradicts the Islamic Republic of Iran's policymaking standards,” he said.

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