FM Spokesman: Extralegal Assignments Unacceptable to Iran

A02948337.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iran stressed that it would not accept any assignment or expectations beyond the law, alluding to the West’s call for a stop of its nuclear enrichment program.

“We do not accept any expectations or assignment beyond the law,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini said during his weekly press conference here on Sunday.

Meantime, he underlined that Tehran will continue cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) within the borders of the international rules and regulations.

The spokesman further pointed to a last night meeting of the Group 5+1 – the five permanent UN Security Council members (the US, Britain, France, China and Russia) plus Germany – to study a report by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Iran, and said although the content of Solana’s report has not yet been released and although the meeting could not reach a conclusion due to the absence of the Russian envoy, any effort by the group of western powers to impose fresh sanctions on Tehran to make it comply with the West’s demands will yield no fruit.

“If they are seeking to deprive Iran of its legitimate rights by imposing sanctions, it will have no effect on Iran,” he said.

“And if these countries (Group 5+1) are really interested in transparency, the trend pursued by Iran in its cooperation with the agency (IAEA) uncovers Iran’s goals and objectives in acquiring civilian nuclear technology,” the diplomat added.

Reminding Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA, he dismissed legality and legitimacy of any fresh sanctions resolution against the Islamic Republic, and stressed that according to the International rules and regulations, “there resides no excuse for the other side to issue another resolution” against Tehran.

Hosseini also pointed out that Tehran has already briefed other world countries about its stances on different occasions, including the meeting between Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in London on Friday, where “Jalili briefed Solana on Iran’s ideas regarding the nuclear issue.”

Meantime, Hosseini said that during the Friday meeting, both sides have underlined Iran-EU cooperation in areas of security, energy, democracy and economy.

He also noted a recent report by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei on Iran’s nuclear activities late last month, reminding that the UN nuclear watchdog chief has stressed Iran’s cooperation, truthfulness and non-diversion from peaceful drives in his report.

Therefore, there is no legal basis for opposing Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities since they have all been transparent and constructive, the spokesman reiterated.

Elsewhere, he reserved judgment over speculations that Russia is about to dispatch the first nuclear fuel cargo for the start of operation of Iran’s first nuclear power plan in the southern port city of Bushehr, saying that Russians are taking the normal procedures.

But Hosseini said that Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili is scheduled to pay a visit to Moscow on Monday.

During the trip, Jalili is due to attend talks with senior Russian officials, he added.

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