Monday, October 11, 2004

Pressure will strengthen Iran on nuclear issue

IranMania News: ""Pressure will strengthen Iran on nuclear issue"

Saturday, October 02, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com
LONDON, Oct 2 (IranMania) - Sending Iran's nuclear file to the UN Security Council and possible sanctions against Tehran will only make the Islamic Republic stronger, hardline conservative Ayatollah Ahmad Janati said at Friday prayers, Agence France Press (AFP) reported.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran does not fear its nuclear dossier being sent to the Security Council, (which) the United States wants to make into a bogeyman," Janati said in a sermon broadcast by state radio.

"If you send the Iran nuclear file to the Security Council and if you impose sanctions, be aware that such sanctions will make our scientists more resistant," he said.

"The more the United States exercises pressure on us, the better that serves us, to its detriment."

The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called on Tehran to halt immediately all activities related to uranium enrichment, a part of the nuclear fuel cycle that can be directed to both energy and weapons purposes.

Nuclear fuel cycle work, including enrichment, is permitted under the Non-Proliferation Treaty if it is for peaceful purposes, but the IAEA wants such activities stopped pending the completion of its more than 18-month-old investigation.

In a resolution last month, it fixed November 25 as the cut-off date for a complete examination of Iran's nuclear programme.

Washington accuses Tehran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under cover of a peaceful nuclear energy programme, a charge Iran strongly denies.

The IAEA has not said what steps it may take if it does not obtain satisfaction over the Iranian programme and has its doubts lifted. But among the steps it could take would be a referral to the Security Council, where the United States would be expected to push for sanctions to be imposed on Tehran.

Janati, head of Iran's powerful Guardians Council, recalled that "sanctions imposed on Iran after the victory of the Islamic Revolution" in 1979 had pushed the country's leaders to develop Iran's scientific abilities which had in particular resulted in the "Shahab 3 missile (capable of hitting Israell) which so scares" the West."

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