Monday, August 09, 2004

Reuters AlertNet - US can't send nuclear case to UN Council - Iran

Reuters AlertNet - US can't send nuclear case to UN Council - Iran: "US can't send nuclear case to UN Council - Iran
09 Aug 2004 08:57:48 GMT

TEHRAN, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday that Washington had no grounds to send its nuclear case to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
U.S. officials have expressed growing concern about Tehran's nuclear programme in recent weeks, making it clear Washington wants Iran's case sent to the Security Council to prevent it from developing nuclear arms.
Iran denies any intention of building atomic weapons. It says its nuclear programme is needed to generate electricity to meeting rising demand.
'Only the Americans say Iran's case will be referred to the United Nations Security Council. But to send Iran's case to the Security Council they need reasons and we have to have committed violations,' Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told reporters.
'Iran has not committed any violations, and whatever Iran has done is in accordance with its international obligations,' he added.
Tehran last month said it had resumed making parts for uranium enrichment centrifuges, which can be used to make bomb material.
But Iran said it is entitled to carry out such activities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and says it will not give up its right to pursue enrichment technology to produce fuel for nuclear power reactors.
'Iran's nuclear policy was adopted by the country's high-ranking officials and is in line with preserving Iran's sovereignty and independence,' Kharrazi said. "


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