Iran misses UN deadline but says it's committed to rules

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1 September 2006, TEHRAN - Iran said Friday that the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) proved once again Iran's commitment to all international nuclear rules, the Fars news agency reported. Fars quoted Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefi as saying that the report by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei showed that Iran has been fully committed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The IAEA told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that Iran has not halted i

1 September 2006

TEHRAN - Iran said Friday that the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) proved once again Iran's commitment to all international nuclear rules, the Fars news agency reported.

Fars quoted Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefi as saying that the report by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei showed that Iran has been fully committed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The IAEA told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that Iran has not halted its uranium enrichment activities and is in defiance of the UN deadline.

"Iran is ready to discuss the remaining few issues with the IAEA - Iran's nuclear programmes are open, transparent and far from any ambiguities," Assefi said.

The spokesman once again blamed the United States of trying to politicize the Iranian nuclear case for its own political aims and reiterated Iran's willingness to hold negotiations with the five United Nations Security Council member states plus Germany for settling the dispute.

Meanwhile, the news network Khabar quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as once again stressing Iran's uncompromising stance in the nuclear dispute, saying that Iran would not retreat one iota from its internationally acknowledged rights and continue its nuclear programmes in line with the NPT rules.

Iran has rejected UN resolution 1696, which had called on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment until August 31 or face possible sanctions.

Observers believe that Iran's hopes are pinned on disagreements between the US and Europe over the form of sanctions and also on opposition by Security Council members China and Russia.

Iran further believes that soft sanctions would not seriously harm the country, especially as the Islamic state has been under US sanctions since 1996.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will come to Tehran on Saturday to attempt once again to persuade Iran to comply with the UN resolution.

Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani is also to meet European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana next week in Europe as a last effort to settle the dispute outside the UN Security Council.

Meanwhile in a Friday prayer ceremony in Tehran, a senior cleric called on the Iranian people to show resistance against the West.

"Victorious is the rhetoric of resistance, not that of compromise," said Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of the senate-like Guardian Council and a front-runner of the ultra-conservative faction.

"What the world (community) wants or not is not important," added the Ayatollah, who is close to President Ahmadinejad.

DPA

Subject: German news

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