Iran says UN draft resolution 'not constructive'
TEHRAN, Sept 27 (AFP) Sep 27, 2008
Iran said on Saturday a UN draft resolution against Tehran over its disputed nuclear programme is not constructive and displays disunity among world powers, state television reported.
"This is not a constructive approach and will not resolve any of their problems," Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said of a new Security Council draft resolution that reaffirms existing UN sanctions against Iran.
"What they need today is confidence building measures ... while such moves add to Iranian people's distrust," he was quoted as saying by the television's website.
"Either these countries cannot provide a logical response to Iran's questions or they have lost cohesion among themselves," Jalili added.
Five permanent members of the Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany agreed on the draft and circulated it on Friday.
The text called on Iran "to fully comply, without delay, with its obligations (under relevant UN resolutions) and to meet the requirement of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) board of governors."
The UN Security Council has slapped three rounds of sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, a process which can be used to make the fissile material for a nuclear bomb.
The United States and its European allies have pushed for new sanctions against Tehran but have run into resistance from Russia and China.
Iran has vowed to pursue nuclear technology in the face of Western threats, insisting its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.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.