Sunday, September 25, 2005

Iran Calls U.N. Resolution 'Illogical'

"TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran on Sunday rejected a resolution by the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency that put it one step away from Security Council referral, calling the move "illegal and illogical" and orchestrated by the United States.

Some 180 lawmakers also denounced the resolution and called on the Iranian government to scale back cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the resolution, approved Saturday by a split vote and not the usual consensus, proved that Britain, France and Germany - which negotiated with Tehran over its atomic program - have violated previous agreements.

"The three European countries implemented a planned scenario, already determined by the United States," he said on state-run television...

...Russia, one of the countries abstaining, called on Iran to cooperate with the agency.

"We expect that Iran will actively cooperate with the IAEA with the purpose of quickly closing all outstanding questions," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a Sunday statement.

The United States applied strong pressure on Russia, China, India and other countries to send a "unified message" to Iran. China also abstained."


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