Iran will not give in to intimidation on N-issue
Iran will not give in to "intimidation" and referral to the UN Security Council over its research activities into uranium enrichment.india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 08:53 IST
Iran will not give in to "intimidation" and referral to the UN Security Council over its research activities into uranium enrichment, Tehran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani declared.
Speaking to reporters on his return from Vienna, Larijani said: "The aim of our negotiation with Russia and the EU was to preserve and maintain the research we have started, and in an appropriate way preserve the rights of all Iranians."
"The Islamic republic of Iran will preserve and maintain its right to the research and will not give in to any intimidation and referral to the UN Security Council."
Iran failed to convince major EU powers in last-gasp talks on Friday that its nuclear programme is not concealing a grab for the atom bomb, leaving open the path to possible Security Council action.
"Time is running out," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after two hours of talks in Vienna that had been requested by Larijani.
"If we want success we have to act now," he said.
The United States and European Union have refused to retreat from a key demand: Iran must halt all enrichment of uranium, a process that can produce material for civilian nuclear reactor, or a bomb.
Iran, so far, is insisting on some enrichment even if only on a small-scale research level.
Larijani said: "There is no way Iran will give up its right to enrichment, because it is a sovereign right.
First Published: Mar 04, 2006 08:53 IST