Iran Rejects N. Suspension

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Sunday said it is “impossible” for Tehran to yield to the key Western demand over its nuclear program, even if the UN Security Council imposes further sanctions. The reaffirmation by Ali Larijani of Iran’s refusal to suspend uranium enrichment activities came a day ahead of a crucial meeting in Vienna of the UN atomic energy agency on the Iranian nuclear program.

“A suspension is impossible. Even if you vote two other resolutions, we will not suspend,” said Mr. Larijani in an interview with state television.

“If there is a new resolution, our position will stay the same,” he added.

The UN Security Council has issued two sanctions resolutions against Tehran for its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment.

Iran is hoping to close the case with its nuclear issue after agreeing a timetable to clear up outstanding questions with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but the United States has expressed grave reservations over the deal.

IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei will have to defend the deal in the face of US criticism when he presents his report on the Iranian atomic program to the agency this week.

The United States – as well as European allies like Britain and France – have warned of a third sanctions resolution in the coming months should Iran remain defiant.

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