Iran defends right to Nuclear Technology
UN: Iran reiterated its determination to exercise and defend
its legal, inalienable rights and said it would never yield to hostile
nations or pressure from other powers.
Iranís permanent representative to the UN, Mohammad Khazaee, was
responding to a resolution adopted by the Security Council to implement
new sanctions against Tehran for continuing its nuclear program. This
new package of sanctions was approved by 12 votes in favour, two against
(Brazil and Turkey) and one abstention (Lebanon) after several months of
The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to exercise its
inalienable right to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, said the
diplomat, who said his country had been a victim of weapons of mass
destruction, and that it rejected the development and use of such
inhuman weapons for religious or security reasons.
He also recalled various statements made by Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad against nuclear weapons and in favour of their eradication.
The Iranian diplomat denounced the flagrant use of a double standard
within the Security Council in terms of condemning Israeli threats
against Iran; attacks against the Palestinian and Lebanese people, and
the attack on a humanitarian aid flotilla bound for Gaza.
He highlighted the importance of the agreement between Iran, Brazil
and Turkey for the exchange of enriched uranium, as required by the
Vienna group of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
What is at stake today is the credibility of the Security Council,
which has become an instrument of a handfulf of countries that do not
hesitate to be abusive whenever and wherever their interests are served,
the Iranian representative said. United Nations, Prensa Latina