Soltaniyeh: Iran to Stop Voluntary Measures if its Dossier Referred to Other International Bodies

January 13, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Iran's envoy to the UN nuclear watchdog, Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh here Friday said that according to a bill ratified by Majlis, in case Iran's nuclear dossier is referred to any other international body, Iran will not remain committed to any voluntary measures including suspension and the Additional Protocol.

Speaking to reporters after conferring with the envoys of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states, he added that though Iran always gives priority to negotiation and good understanding, the country's status is quite clear based on the ratified bill.

At their meeting in Berlin on Thursday, the EU foreign ministers discussed the referral of Iran's nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council.

For his part, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana called for holding an extraordinary Board of Governors meeting on referral of the case to UNSC.

Iran's envoy to IAEA, stressing the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities, noted that despite the biased information so far disseminated in this respect, Iranian officials have been doing their best to ensure the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the world that the relevant technology is used for peaceful purposes.

"Removal of ambiguities about Iran's nuclear programs and coming up with technical and diplomatic solutions are always welcome by Iranian officials," added the Iranian representative.

Soltaniyeh pointed to `cooperation beyond commitments' about the nuclear issue and noted that respect for the international outlook should not prevent the country from conducting scientific research.

"All countries and their scholars are entitled to research on various subjects, while Iran's recent research activities have been conducted within a limited scope under the IAEA supervision.

"We have assured the UN nuclear watchdog of the non-trade nature of our nuclear activities and that they are merely scientific and technical. That is why we expect our legal rights to `research' be officially recognized," he concluded.