Illegality of UN resolutions on Iran established: envoy
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN – Iran’s permanent ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Organization has said legal and technical experts have proved the illegality of the United Nations sanctions resolutions against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Ali Asghar Soltanieh, who was talking about the details of his meetings with journalists, scientists, and experts during his recent visit to Russia, said in the meetings the political, technical, legal dimensions surrounding Iran’s nuclear program were thoroughly discussed.
“The experts cited some legal evidence and it was proven that the Security Council’s resolutions are not legal, so can not be enforced,” Soltanieh said in an interview with the Fars news agency published on Saturday.
He also said those countries that politicized Iran’s nuclear issue and referred the nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council damaged the credibility of the United Nations and undermined the legitimacy of the Security Council.
On proposed nuclear fuel swap deal, he said Iran has shown its goodwill and is still committed to the Tehran Declaration, but the Vienna group (the United States, Russia, and France) has not yet come back to the negotiating table.
According to the original draft proposal, discussed in 2009, Iran would have received fuel for Tehran research reactor from France and Russia in return for shipping out most of its stockpiles of low-enriched uranium.
Again on May 17, 2010, in a bid to build trust over the Islamic Republic’s civilian nuclear activities, Iran, Brazil, and Turkey signed a deal known as the Tehran Declaration, according to which Iran would send 1200 kilograms of it LEU to Turkey in exchange for 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium to fuel Tehran reactor.
Later, Iran notified the IAEA of the details of the deal, but the atomic agency and the Vienna group did not respond to the initiative positively and said that Iran had produced more enriched uranium in the meantime and it should ship out more LEU to receive nuclear fuel.
“We advise them (the Vienna group) to seize the opportunity presented by the Tehran Declaration,” Soltanieh said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the envoy again emphasized that the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program is completely transparent and meant for peaceful applications, adding Iran will never halt its nuclear activities, particularly uranium enrichment, and will continue its nuclear program under the supervision of the IAEA