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UPDATED: 08:57, September 26, 2005
Iran rejects IAEA resolution but vows to continue negotiations
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Iran on Sunday rejected a UN nuclear watchdog's resolution as "political motivated, illegal and illogical" but vowed at the same time to continue nuclear talks.

"Undoubtedly, the European Union (EU) by drafting such a political motivated, illegal and illogical resolution has broken the previous agreements reached with Iran," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was quoted as saying by state television.

Mottaki said the resolution was a symbol that the EU was just implementing what Washington had schemed.

He slammed the European trio of Britain, France and Germany, which had been negotiating with Iran for nearly two years on behalf of the EU, as incapable of solving the Iranian nuclear issue.

However, Mottaki said Iran was still committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and at present would "not close the door to negotiations".

"We insist on our sovereign rights and will use all diplomatic channels to defend these rights," he added.

The 35-member board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted a draft resolution Saturday presented by the EU on Iran's nuclear case by a vote of 22 to 1 with 12 abstentions.

The resolution stopped short of calling for immediate referral of Iran's case to the UN Security Council, but accused Iran of breaching international nuclear safeguards and committing suspicious nuclear activities which had "given rise to questions that are within the competence of the Security Council."

The resolution also urged Iran to "ratify and implement in full the Additional Protocol" of the NPT.

Iran signed the additional protocol in 2003, which allows snap UN inspections on its nuclear facilities, but Iran's parliament has not ratified it.

As to this request, Iranian Majlis (parliament) speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel said on Sunday that the Majlis would not cower to any demand for Iran to give up its "inalienable" rights.

"We will not be coerced or cower to illogical demands under the pretext of enforcing international requirements," Adel was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying at an open session of Majlis discussing the IAEA resolution.

"We voice our readiness to continue our cooperation with the agency but we will never give in to pressures and threats," Adel stressed.

The current crisis was triggered by Tehran's resumption on Aug. 8 of its highly sensitive uranium conversion activities after rejecting a EU proposal to give up its nuclear fuel work in return for economic and technical incentives.

Tehran agreed to suspend all activities related to uranium enrichment last November as a "temporary and voluntary" confidence-building measure while talks with the EU trio of Britain, France and Germany lasted.

The EU has been persuading Tehran to abandon its efforts to build nuclear fuel cycles, including uranium enrichment, a move Europe believes would provide objective guarantees that Iran's nuclear program will not be used for military purposes.

However, Iran insists that it will never give up legal rights of the peaceful use of nuclear technology.

The United States accuses Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the disguise of civilian program, a charge rejected by Tehran.

Source: Xinhua

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