Iran warns IAEA against using ‘language of force’November 27th, 2009 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS
Tehran, Nov 27 (DPA) Iran warned the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Friday not to use threatening language against Tehran, as the UN nuclear guardian’s board was set to take action on Iran for the first time since 2006.
“We recommend the IAEA not to refer to such methods and use the language of logic rather than force,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Iran’s IAEA envoy Ali-Asghar Soltanieh as saying.
The Iranian envoy added that a draft resolution tabled at the IAEA’s Board of Governors meeting in Vienna would be counterproductive.
“Resolutions, sanctions and threats have always made the issue more complicated,” Soltanieh said.
The focus of the resolution drafted by the permanent UN Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia and the US, as well as Germany, was Iran’s new enrichment plant at Fordu, near the city of Qom.
A vote on the resolution is expected to take place Friday. If the resolution is adopted, it will be transmitted to the Security Council.
Due to Tehran’s refusal to suspend its uranium enrichment programmes, the UN Security Council has already passed four resolutions against Iran, three of them with sanctions.
Soltanieh earlier told the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung that Iran would reduce its cooperation with the IAEA to a minimum if a new resolution was issued against the Islamic state.
He, however, backed down in his remarks to IRNA, by calling on the UN nuclear watchdog “to let the process be continued in a calm and constructive atmosphere.”
IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei Thursday expressed disappointment with Iran and talked about a “dead end” as far as a breakthrough in the nuclear dispute with Iran was concerned.
- Pressure mounts on Iran at ElBaradei's final IAEA board meeting (Lead) - Nov 26, 2009
- Iran issues threats after IAEA resolution (Lead, changing dateline) - Nov 27, 2009
- IAEA wants Iran to comply without delay on n-issue - Sep 14, 2012
- Iran, IAEA to hold talks in May - Apr 28, 2012
- Iran issue unsolved at ElBaradei's last IAEA board meeting - Nov 26, 2009
- 'IAEA resolution not to stop Iran's nuclear programme' - Nov 20, 2011
- IAEA team arrives in Iran - Jan 29, 2012
- Iran ready for nuclear talks with G5+1, but no compromise on nuke programme - Apr 13, 2011
- Iran vows to keep enriching uranium, defying new UN curbs - Jun 10, 2010
- Iran produces 70 kg high-grade enriched uranium - Oct 18, 2011
- Iran to continue uranium enrichment despite swap deal - Jun 03, 2010
- Iran threatens IAEA ahead of inspection of new site - Nov 19, 2009
- IAEA's Iran report draws global concern, calls for sanctions - Feb 19, 2010
- US condemns Iran's decision to start uranium enrichment - Jan 11, 2012
- India votes against Iran nuclear program, Pakistan abstains - Nov 27, 2009
Tags: ali asghar, atomic energy agency, board of governors, constructive atmosphere, draft resolution, enrichment plant, enrichment programmes, international atomic energy, international atomic energy agency, international atomic energy agency iaea, islamic state, language of logic, mohamed elbaradei, new resolution, s board, security council members, sueddeutsche zeitung, un security council, un security council members, uranium enrichment