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Referring Syria to UNSC failure for US

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 12 (ICANA) – A top Iranian diplomat says six votes against the US' attempt to refer Syria to the UN Security Council (UNSC) over its alleged covert nuclear program is a diplomatic failure for Washington.
Sunday, June 12, 2011 10:46:51 PM
Referring Syria to UNSC failure for US

Speaking on the sidelines of the second International Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in Tehran on Sunday, Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh said while Washington sought an anti-Syrian motion, it was adopted in a 17 to 6 vote with China and Russia voting against it.

Eleven board members abstained from vote and one member was even absent which was a diplomatic failure for the US, IRNA quoted Soltanieh as saying.

He went on to say that the resolution had legal problems and criticized the UN nuclear agency's decision to refer Syria to the 15-member Security Council.

“How can the matter be referred to the security council based on a report by [Yukia] Amano that it is likely that a reactor is being built in Deir ez-Zor? How can building a reactor endanger international peace and security?”

Soltanieh pointed to Resolution 533 of the IAEA, which states “attacking or threatening to attack operational or under-construction nuclear facilities is a blatant violation of the UN charter, IAEA statute and international regulations."

He argued that Israeli aerial strike on the alleged al-Kibar nuclear reactor, located near Deir ez-Zor in Syria's remote northeast, was carried out without the IAEA having been given an opportunity to perform its verification role.

The United States claims that the targeted building was in fact a nuclear reactor being built with North Korean help.

Syria, however, rejects the US allegations, and insists that the building destroyed in the Israeli airstrike was an unused military facility under construction.

Damascus also stresses that it is not pursuing a clandestine development program as alleged by Western countries.

The developments come amid Tel Aviv's continued refusal to declare its nuclear arsenal and its insistence on not joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Since 1958, when Tel Aviv began building its Dimona plutonium and uranium-processing facility in the Negev desert in southern Israel, it is believed to have secretly manufactured numerous nuclear warheads, thus becoming the sole possessor of such weapons in the Middle East.

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