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N-issue: Iran warns of non-cooperation

Iran has warned that it would end cooperation with the outside world if the matter was handed over to UNSC.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 16:19 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

Iran has threatened to end cooperation with European countries over nuclear issues if its case is referred to the United Nations Security Council.

"If the dossier is sent to the Security Council, the European countries will lose the means which are currently at their disposal, because the Government will be obliged to end all its voluntary measures of cooperation," Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said.

Iran's standoff with the international community has escalated after Tehran resumed sensitive nuclear work which the West considered to be a threat to world peace.

The West fears that Iran will use the technology to develop nuclear weapons.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had said in a statement last year that he would go ahead with the process irrespective of what the West had to say.

Europe's three major powers responded to Iran's move to reactivate uranium enrichment research by asking for an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), while UN chief Kofi Annan said that Iran was still keen on pursuing nuclear talks with European powers.

Iran will be obliged to stop its scientific, research and executive programmes if the Security Council gets involved.

First Published: Jan 13, 2006 11:47 IST