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Iran rejects UNSC resolution as illegal, void

Iran says it has an "inalienable right" to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2006 13:18 IST

Rejecting the UN Security Council resolution asking it to end uranium enrichment by August 31 as "illegal" and "void," Iran has asserted it had an "inalienable right" to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The people and government of Iran, he said, are determined to exercise their "inalienable right" to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and build on their own scientific advances in developing various peaceful aspects of that technology, Tehran's UN Ambassador Javad Zarif said.

Iran's peaceful nuclear programme poses no threat to international peace and security, and therefore dealing with this issue in the Security Council is "unwarranted and void of any legal basis or practical utility," he said.

He said this after the UNSC passed a resolution on Monday giving Iran a deadline to suspend uranium enrichment or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.

"All along it has been the persistence of some to draw arbitrary red lines and deadlines that has closed the door to any compromise. This tendency has single-handedly blocked success and in most cases killed proposals in their infancy," he said, adding, "this approach will not lead to any productive outcome and in fact it can only exacerbate the situation."

Tuesday's action by the Council, which was the culmination of efforts aimed at making the suspension of uranium enrichment mandatory, violated international law, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and IAEA resolutions.

It also ran counter to the views of the majority of UN Member States, which the Council was obliged to represent, he said.

Addressing the Council after the vote on Monday, Zarif questioned the ambassadors as to why they have not acted forcefully in Lebanon. 

"You be the judge of how much credibility this leaves for the Security Council. Millions of people around the world have already passed their judgment," Zarif said.

Far from reflecting the international community's concerns, he said, the sponsors' approach flouted the stated position of the overwhelming majority of Member States.

The sole reason for pushing the Council to take action, he opined, was that Iran had decided, after over two years of negotiations, to resume the exercise of its "inalienable right" to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, by partially reopening its fully safeguarded facilities and ending a voluntary suspension.

Stating that regimes like nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty are based on a balance of rights and obligations, he said threats would not sustain it.

Today, the world is witnessing to a "dangerous trend. While members of the NPT were denied their rights and punished, those who defied the NPT, particularly the perpetrators of current carnage in Lebanon and Palestine, were rewarded by generous nuclear cooperation agreements," he said.

"This is one awkward way to safeguard the NPT or ensure its universality," he told the members.

In spite of the "massive political and propaganda machine," no one in today's world could accept the "convoluted logic" that it was okay for some to have nuclear weapons, while others were prevented from developing nuclear energy, he said.