Iran warns against new UN nuclear resolution
TEHRAN, Sept 2 (AFP) Sep 02, 2007
Iran warned on Sunday it would "reconsider" its cooperation with the UN atomic agency if the Security Council imposes a third set of sanctions over its contested nuclear programme.
Iran agreed a timetable with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last month to answer outstanding questions over its atomic drive, in a move that is expected to stave off the threat of sanctions for several months.
"We will continue our cooperation with the IAEA," foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told reporters.
"But if there is a new United Nations (Security Council) resolution we will reconsider our cooperation with the IAEA and we will study different options."
Hosseini did not specify what the options were but top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani has already warned that any further sanctions will render Iran's cooperation with the agency "sterile".
The IAEA has welcomed Iran's willingness to answer the questions on its atomic drive as a "a significant step forward" but the United States has expressed doubts over the agreement.
The United States accuses Iran of seeking to manufacture nuclear weapons but Tehran insists its atomic drive is aimed only at generating electricity for a growing population.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.