Iran slams Security Council for latest resolution

September 28th, 2008 - 5:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Sep 28 (IANS) Iran strongly criticized Sunday the UN Security Council for adopting the latest resolution on the country and warned it against helping the US implementing its foreign policy, the official IRNA news agency reported.”The Security Council is expected to retain its prestige rather than being a means for the US foreign policy,” Ali Larijani, speaker of Iranian parliament (Majlis), said Sunday.

On Saturday, the 15-nation council unanimously approved the new resolution, calling on Iran to “comply fully” with the past UN demands to halt its uranium-enrichment programmes.

“This kind of approach turns the negotiations into a cheap game and there may be the need for other decisions in this political diversion,” the speaker added.

Larijani said the Security Council has damaged its prestige by highlighting technical dispute between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a security issue and passing hasty resolutions against Iran.

He criticized the so-called Iran-Six (five permanent members of the General Council plus Germany) group’s double standard policy towards Iran following adoption of the Resolution 1835 against the country.

“Such behaviour will degrade the role of talks to the level of a frivolous act. Perhaps Iran needs to make a new decision about continuing such political hobby,” Larijani said in his address to a formal session of Majlis.

Saeid Jalili, chief nuclear negotiator of Iran, also called Saturday the new resolution “not constructive” and merely aimed at “showing solidarity” among the world powers.

The US and its West allies accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapon under the cover of its controversial nuclear programme, a charge Iran has denied.

Iran insists that its nuclear programme is of peaceful purpose and designed to generate electricity.

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