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Iran ambassador upholds country's right to a nuclear energy program
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08:05, November 17, 2007

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The Iranian ambassador to China said on Friday afternoon in Beijing that his country adhered to settling its nuclear issue by a peaceful, constructive political approach.

Javad Mansouri made the remarks after the United States said on Thursday that it would push ahead with a third U.N. Security Council sanction resolution against Iran for its development of nuclear programs.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report on Thursday that stated "Iran has made substantial progress in revealing the nature and extent of its disputed nuclear program," though "Tehran needs to be more pro-active in providing information". The report also stressed Iran kept "ignoring the UN demand of freezing its sensitive uranium enrichment work".

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the IAEA report indicated Iran continued to defy the international community and it made clear that the country seemed uninterested in working with the rest of the world.

Mansouri said the United States was cheating the international community, noting its hostile attitude towards Iran would not bring any benefits to itself.

He condemned that the United States had defied the IAEA's report that confirmed Iran's positive cooperation with the agency. He added the United States seeking of a new sanction resolution by the UN Security Council was an abuse of its power.

The ambassador reiterated that under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran was entitled to the right for conducting uranium enrichment activities and the country would not give up such a right concerning its national interests.

When asked to confirm reports claiming Iran had plans to buy fighter planes from Russia or China to in response to possible attack from the United States and that the country had submitted a plan to the IAEA on developing nuclear weapons, Mansouri denied both, saying they were groundless.

Attacks and sanctions could not resolve related issues, said Mansouri. He also warned that any attacks on Iran would seriously impact international energy security and might trigger an oil price hike to over 150 U.S. dollars per barrel, something which would be of no benefit to any country, the United States included.

Pushed by the United States, two U.N. Security Council resolutions have been passed to punish Iran. Washington has accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran has denied the U.S. charges and insisted that its nuclear program was for peaceful purposes only.

Source: Xinhua

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