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UPDATED: 08:44, September 06, 2005
Iranian parliament threatens to take strong reaction on nuclear issue
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The conservative-dominated Majlis (parliament) threatened on Monday to "take strong reaction" to mounting pressure from the European Union (EU) and the UN nuclear watchdog to stop sensitive nuclear activities.

"Parliament members are too sensitive toward the nuclear issue and want to strongly respond to the threats and illegal approaches toward Iran's nuclear program," Alaedin Borujerdi, chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, was quoted by the semi-official Mehr news agency as saying.

Borujerdi, commenting after an emergency session on the nuclear issue, said Iran will not tolerate "illogical political pressure and will proceed its own way," referring to the EU's demand that Tehran re-suspend its uranium conversion activities within two weeks.

The EU on Saturday pressed Iran to halt the resumed conversion activities before Sept. 19, the date when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will hold its Board of Governors' meeting.

Europe's ultimatum came soon after IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei submitted a comprehensive report on Tehran's nuclear program, which criticized Iran for failing to keep suspension on uranium enrichment activities as it had promised and defined Tehran's cooperation with the agency on its nuclear issue as "overdue."

Borujerdi slammed ElBaradei's report as a result of the US political pressure.

He stressed that the EU demand had no legal basis and was only " a political pressure meant to push ahead with the aims of the United States."

Meanwhile, Kazem Jalali, spokesman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, hinted that Iran stop implementing the Additional Protocol of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Iran signed the Additional Protocol in Dec. 2003 to allow IAEA inspectors to impose strict supervision upon its nuclear facilities, but the Majlis has not approved the document.

Source: Xinhua


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