West should discard carrot-stick policy before dialogue with Iran: MP

22:55, July 27, 2010      

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A senior Iranian lawmaker said Tuesday that the West should first discard the carrot and stick policy prior to any dialogue on Iran's nuclear program, local media reported.

"The European Union (EU)'s call for the continuation of nuclear talks with Tehran is in direct contradiction to its recently approved package of anti-Iran sanctions," head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Majlis (Parliament) Alaeddin Boroujerdi was quoted as saying by Mehr news agency.

Any new round of talks should put an end to the handling of Iran's nuclear dossier in the UN Security Council and submit it to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Boroujerdi said, adding the West's seeking sanctions against Iran while calling for dialogue is unacceptable.

EU foreign ministers on Monday approved tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, including measures to block oil and gas investment and curtail its refining and natural gas capability.

EU's restrictive measures, which went beyond UN sanctions imposed on June 9, followed a similar U.S. move.

On July 1, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a new Iran sanction bill into law, which was described by him as "striking at the heart" of Iranian government's nuclear ability.

UN Security Council adopted last month a resolution on the Iranian nuclear issue, prohibiting Iran from investing abroad in nuclear and enrichment operations, imposing new restrictions on Iran's import of conventional arms and allowing the Iranian ships in the international waters to be inspected.

Western countries have accused Iran of pursuing a military objective in its nuclear program. Iran denies the allegations, saying it has the right to peaceful nuclear technology as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Source: Xinhua


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