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Asked about Pakistan's stands on the UNSC resolution imposing sanctions on Iran , the Foreign Secretary said:
You know Pakistan's position. We have never been in favour of sanctions against Iran. We have always emphasized that there ought to be a diplomatic solution of the Iranian nuclear issue. However, we have noted the Security Council resolution which is under Chapter VII, and therefore its implementation is mandatory. We are studying its provisions. But perhaps the impact of this resolution on Pakistan-Iran bilateral relations would not be there. The scope of this resolution is limited to cooperation with Iran in the nuclear sector, and Pakistan does not have cooperation with Iran in this particular sector. But let me also add that Iran have the right to access to peaceful nuclear technology under the IAEA safeguards. Iran must of course abide by its obligations as a signatory to the NPT. All parties must indeed abide by their international obligations. We also feel that the passage of this resolution should not be a reason to abandon efforts for a diplomatic solution of this crisis.
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