Iran Nuclear NewsIran 'allergic to pressure' over UN demand - envoy

Iran ‘allergic to pressure’ over UN demand – envoy

-

Reuters: Iran does not want nuclear arms but it will not give up its right to nuclear energy in the face of international threats, Tehran’s U.N. ambassador said on Wednesday after the Security Council asked it to suspend nuclear enrichment activities.
By Irwin Arieff

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran does not want nuclear arms but it will not give up its right to nuclear energy in the face of international threats, Tehran’s U.N. ambassador said on Wednesday after the Security Council asked it to suspend nuclear enrichment activities.

Ambassador Javad Zarif accused the United States of engineering Iran’s referral to the Security Council and said the council used a double standard because it had never looked into Israel’s presumed nuclear arsenal.

“Iran is a country that is allergic to pressure, to threats and intimidation,” Zarif told a news conference after being denied a chance to address the council.

The unanimous council statement asked Mohamed ElBaradei, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, to report back on Iran’s compliance within 30 days. The West suspects Iran’s nuclear program is a cover to make atomic bombs

It was too late at night in Iran for the government to react to the council statement, Zarif said. “Iran will have to consider the statement internally and respond accordingly.”

But in the meantime, “Iran is very clear: We will exercise our rights. We want to allay any concern about the exclusively peaceful nature of our program.”

Zarif said Iran also remained committed to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which gives governments a right to produce nuclear power but aims to prevent civilian nuclear materials from being diverted for military purposes.

Tehran had at one point threatened to pull out of the treaty and kick out IAEA inspectors if its case was referred to the Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions.

Iran insists its aim is to produce only electricity. It resumed nuclear enrichment activities earlier this year after a temporary halt at the request of the European Union.

“Iran has not waged a war against any country in 250 years, Iran is a member of all international regimes,” Zarif said. “Iran has not threatened any country, Iran does not possess nuclear weapons, nor does it intend to possess them. None of these statements can be made about Israel.”

Israel has lobbied the West hard to crack down on Iran’s nuclear ambitions, fearing it might use atomic arms to attack the Jewish state. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in October Israel should be “wiped off the map.”

Latest news

Iran, the Resurrection of the Concept of ‘Revolution’

These days, Iran’s political and social environment has witnessed massive storms, which have changed the meaning of all concepts....

Iran Regime’s Response to Protests Censorship and Violence

The Iranian regime’s leadership has reacted to the ongoing wave of protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, the...

Iran’s New Generation Seeks Nothing but Regime Change

In a silly and desperate statement, the Iranian regime’s foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian claimed that nothing special is going...

Iran’s Youths Broke the Spell of Fear

One of the main characteristics of the recent protests in Iran is the courage and fearlessness of the people,...

Iran Is on the Brink of a Revolution

The wall of fear has been broken. In many cities across Iran, women are taking to the streets, leading...

Iran’s Regime Claims To Fill Global Energy Gap Despite Crippled Petroleum Sector

In recent weeks, the Iranian regime’s officials have been constantly exaggerating their huge capacity in oil and gas reserves...

Must read

Hard-Line Tehran Mayor Wins Iranian Presidency

Washington Post: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the hard-line mayor of Tehran...

Iran Regime Is Building Weapons Factories in Lebanon and Syria

Iran Focus London, 30 Aug - The Iranian Regime is...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you