Despite UN Referral, Iran Sees Room For Diplomacy

A day after it was reported to the UN Security Council, Iran said on Thursday, March 9, it was still open for talks over its nuclear program.

Despite UN Referral, Iran Sees Room For Diplomacy

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to cooperate with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) in order to achieve its rights, but will not accept the politicization of the nuclear case," Abdol Reza Rahmani-Fazli, the deputy of top negotiator Ali Larijani, was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse (AFP). "The principle of negotiations as a way to answer all questions is considered open," he added.

The UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday, March 8, decided to send a report on Iran's nuclear activity to the UN Security Council, clearing the way for an action against Tehran over its atomic energy drive. Unlike the IAEA, the Security Council has enforcement powers and can impose punitive measures, including sanctions.

The United States and Europe claim that Iran's nuclear program is meant to make nuclear weapons. But Tehran maintains it wants to master nuclear fuel cycle technology to feed atomic reactors generating electricity.

"Good Faith"

Tehran has proposed suspension of the industrial-scale enrichment, but refuse to halt uranium enrichment research. Rahmani-Fazli said that Tehran's insistence on only conducting research was a sign of its "good faith." "Iran will not give up its right to research and development because this is against the wishes of the Iranian people," he told state media.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also seemed more defiant to the Western pressures, Reuters said.

"This nation ... will not allow others to treat it with a bullying attitude," Ahmadinejad said. (Reuters)

"This nation ... will not allow others to treat it with a bullying attitude, even if those who treat it with a bullying attitude are international bullies," the semi-official ISNA students news agency quoted him as saying in western Iran.

"Our enemies will never succeed in forcing the Iranian nation to step back on its rights over peaceful nuclear technology because it never accepts humiliation," he said.

A senior Iranian security official warned Wednesday Tehran could inflict "harm and pain" to match whatever punishment Washington persuaded the Security Council to mete out.

Some Iranian officials have warned that if pressured further over the nuclear case Tehran could restrict its vital oil exports to push prices even higher.

The Security Council is expected to discuss the issue as early as next week.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said slapping sanctions on Tehran would not be the best solution.

"I don't think sanctions as a means to solve a crisis have ever achieved a goal in recent history," he told reporters.

He said that the nuclear watchdog should continue to lead efforts to resolve the dispute.

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