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UPDATED: 07:54, January 19, 2006
Iran confident of defeating Western bid to refer it to UNSC
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that Iran was capable of frustrating the attempt by the European Union (EU) and the United States to push for referral of its nuclear case to the U.N. Security Council.

"There is no problem. They are trying their best and we can not prevent others from making such efforts. It is a wrong for some to believe that world organizations are their own tools and they can exert pressure on others by making use of such tools," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

He asserted that the EU and the US would fail if they continued to use "language of force".

"The Europeans and the Americans should discard their arrogant position and instead adopt a rational stance on global developments...they should offer reasons for their actions," Ahmadinejad said.

Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told IRNA that "taking into account the current situation, we think the possibility is slight for Iran's case to be sent to the UN Security Council."

Mottaki urged the EU not to seek the referral, terming it as a hasty decision which would complicate the situation.

Meanwhile, Mottaki's deputy Mehdi Mostafavi, who is on an official visit to South Africa to seek support over the nuclear dispute, called on the EU to continue and accelerate negotiations in order to reach a compromise and remove misunderstandings.

"Iran will continue its close cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European states, " Mostafavi told IRNA in Johannesburg, adding "no change has been made in Iran's stance on its nuclear program which is for peaceful purposes."

The latest crisis over Iran's controversial nuclear program came after Iran resumed nuclear fuel research on Jan. 10, ending a two-year freeze and sparking threat of sending its nuclear case to the Security Council for possible sanctions.

The EU trio of Britain, France and Germany, which have been negotiating with Iran for the past two years, has formally called for an emergency meeting of the IAEA board of governors on Feb. 2 to vote on the referral.

They also cancelled talks with Iran previously scheduled for Wednesday.

Javad Vaeedi, deputy secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, asked the EU trio on Tuesday to resume the nuclear negotiations which broke off last August after Iran restarted uranium conversion, a precursor to the sensitive uranium enrichment.

But Britain dismissed the offer as "vacuous", saying that it was clear that the EU "needs to engage the Security Council."

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday against " hasty decisions" on the Iranian nuclear issue.

Iran has threatened to stop voluntary confidence-building measures, including an end to snap inspection of its nuclear sites by the IAEA and suspension of uranium enrichment, if it was referred to the Security Council.

Iran has insisted on its right to peaceful nuclear technology and denied the charge of seeking nuclear weapons.

Source: Xinhua


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