Iran’s nuclear issue in final stage, says former official

February 27th, 2008 - 11:33 pm ICT by admin  

Tehran, Feb 27 (Xinhua) Iran’s former chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said Wednesday that Iran’s nuclear issue is in its final stage and the recent UN nuclear watchdog report has removed its ambiguities, Iran’s Student News Agency ISNA reported. The report by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei disarmed the Westerners and put an end to their excuses, said Larijani, who is now representative of the supreme leader to the Supreme National Security Council.

The IAEA said last Friday that Iran had clarified the majority of open issues in its nuclear programme, but it was still unable to give a definite verdict on its nuclear ambitions.

“We should wait for severe reactions from the west but it is advisable for them to avoid amateur acts and adopt their intellect, ” Larijani said.

“If the westerners suppose that Iranians, in the face of threats, will give up our peaceful nuclear programme, they are making a big mistake,” he said.

The US and other Western countries have accused Iran of using the civilian nuclear programme as a cover to develop nuclear weapons, a charge repeatedly denied by Tehran.

France, Britain and Germany have formally introduced a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that calls for further sanctions against Iran over its refusal to suspend sensitive nuclear enrichment activities.

The six countries, five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, have met for several times on the thorny issue but made no significant progress.

Iran has downplayed the effect of possible new sanctions, saying Tehran would show a “serious and logical reaction” if the UN Security Council issues a third resolution.

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