Larijani: Iran to Resume Enrichment if Dossier is Reported to the U.N. Security Council

March 5, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani here Sunday said that if its nuclear dossier is reported to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Iran will resume uranium enrichment.

Briefing domestic and foreign reporters on latest developments in the nuclear issue, he added that Iran does not welcome being reported to the UNSC, given that it is not a privilege for either side but merely creates problems.

Larijani stressed that reporting the dossier to the Security Council will not make Iran give up its research and development.

He added that the issue is part of the country's sovereignty and that neither Iran nor any other government will withdraw from such a right.

The SNSC secretary referred to all the possible peaceful ways for settling the issue and said that during talks with Russian and European officials, all alternatives likely to reach agreement were examined.

"We are committed to the provisions of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and consider it as a positive treaty for the international community, only provided it is fully implemented rather than letting international bodies to avoid fulfilling their actual duties.

"If the nuclear dossier is reported to the UNSC, we will certainly resume uranium enrichment. We wished to reach conclusion and eliminate the ambiguities through dialogue and understanding. But, if the other side resorts to force, we will use our own special approach," he added.

Larijani noted that Iran is reluctant to use oil as a weapon, given its respect for the international psychological security.

"However, once the conditions change, this may become effective," he added.

He referred to the `good progress made during talks with the Russian and European parties' and said that some agreements were reached on research and development, which seemed to be reasonable and rational.

Larijani expressed the reluctance for either side feeling humiliated, adding that this was pointed out during the talks.