Punitive measures on Iran's nuclear program doomed to failure: FM

09:16, June 30, 2010      

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Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Tuesday that punitive measures concerning Iran's nuclear program are doomed to failure, the local satellite Press TV reported.

"We hope certain members of the UN Security Council will adopt a logical approach and accept conditions for logical talks," Mottaki was quoted as saying.

To ensure that the talks on Iran's nuclear standoff to initiate, certain conditions are to be met, said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday.

The West should clarify its stance on Israeli nuclear weapons and whether they abide by the regulations of the nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT), said Ahmadinejad.

Moreover, in the forthcoming nuclear fuel swap talks, Iran would include Turkey and Brazil in the negotiations, he added.

"Iran welcomes logical steps and measures," Mottaki said in a joint press conference with his visiting Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa on Tuesday, stressing that the Iranian nation would not give up its rights even if world powers go ahead with their illogical moves of sanctioning Iran.

Mottaki called on members of the UN Security Council to observe the rights of nations and refrain from pursuing dual track policies of carrot and stick, according to the report.

U.S. Congress last Thursday overwhelmingly passed the Iran sanctions bill, paving the way for the Obama administration to take unilateral sanctions on Tehran over its controversial nuclear program.

Earlier in June, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution to impose a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its suspected nuclear program, which caused sharp reactions from Iranian officials.

Source: Xinhua


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