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Iran to resume industrial enrichment if taken to SC

Iran would carry out uranium enrichment on an industrial scale if it was hauled up before the UNSC , nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani warned.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 09:40 IST

Iran would carry out uranium enrichment on an industrial scale if it was hauled up before the UN Security Council, Tehran's nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani warned in an interview on Monday in the

Financial Times

.

"If we are referred to the Security Council, the government is obliged by the Majlis (Iran's parliament) to lift all voluntary measures including the Additional Protocol" to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Larijani told the economic daily.

Asked: "Does this mean you would resume fuel production, industrial enrichment?" he replied: "Yes."

The negotiator added, however: "The NPT is still alive and can survive. Iran will stay in the NPT. If the treaty is implemented well, it can help international order."

European Union negotiators Britain, France and Germany, seeking to obtain guarantees that Iran will not use nuclear research to hide secret weapons work, have called an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency for February 2 to decide whether to bring Iran before the Security Council for possible sanctions. They are backed by Washington.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 09:40 IST