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IRAN WARNED IAEA TO REPORT IT TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE

Published Friday, September 17, 2004



VIENNA, 17 Sept. (IPS) The Islamic Republic of Iran warned the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Friday that if its Board of Governors passes a resolution imposing on Iran to terminate its uranium enrichment, Iran might opt for lodging a complaint with the International Court of Justice.

“If any such resolution is issued, the Islamic Republic of Iran will have the option of lodging a complaint with the International Court of Justice in The Hague which can proceed against the IAEA for having exceeded its powers under the Non Proliferation Treaty which guarantees member states the right to pursue nuclear energy for peaceful purposes”, the former Iranian president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said.

Analysts said that this is the first time that a senior Iranian official is threatening the United Nations nuclear watchdog of such an action.

The Governors call on Iran to suspend all its uranium enriching and related activities and ratify the Additional Protocol to the Non Proliferation Treaty.

“Any such resolution which calls on Iran to permanently suspend its uranium enrichment activities would be against the IAEA mandate and will make it subject to an international litigation”, Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani added, quoted by the official Iranian news agency IRNA.

Analysts said as the debate of the Governors continue in Vienna over the controversial Iranian nuclear activities, Iran’s impatience with the Agency and the European big troika “looks like reaching an end”.

In the draft resolution, the Governors call on Iran to suspend all its uranium enriching and related activities and ratify the Additional Protocol to the Non Proliferation Treaty.

“The issuance of a new IAEA resolution is considered as a significant test for members of the IAEA Board of Governors”, the powerful and influential Chairman of the Expediency Council said, adding that “if they do come up to their responsibilities as the international community's nuclear watchdog, then they should not expect Iran to yield to their demands”.

“If they wish to impose their hegemony and the law of the jungle, the Islamic Republic of Iran will prove once again that it will not yield to any power and will defend its rights anywhere in the world”, he observed.

For Iran, the draft resolution to be approved by the Board of Directors of the probably on Saturday “is not that important, because it is more political than legal and factual”.

“There is almost nothing new (in the resolution). Most of the items are a repeat of past resolutions, like suspension of enriching uranium and related activities”, Mr. Mohammad Hoseyn Mousavian, the spokesman of the Iranian delegation at the IAEA told Iran Press Service.

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He expressed his dissatisfaction at the fact that the resolution, a copy of it was obtained by IPS, do not make any mention to the “positive elements” of the Agency’s General Director report concerning Iran’s cooperation with IAEA.

In his view, questions of laser enriching and conversion are already solved. Good progress has been achieved concerning P1 and P2 as well as sources of contamination and HEU. Unfortunately, the resolution has closed its eyes on these positive aspects of (IAEA’s Egyptian boss Mohammad) ElBarade’i”, he observed.

Iran hoped that its controversial case with the United Nations international watchdog on nuclear issues would end by this time, but according to the draft, that Mr. ElBarade’i described as “balanced”, the 35 members Board “decides that at its November session it will decide whether or not further steps are appropriate in relation to Iran’s obligations under its NPT safeguards”.

“We separate the issues of Iran’s engagements concerning NPT’s Safeguards and measures taken for confidence building, decisions taken by Iran voluntarily and independently, like suspending enriching uranium or signing the Additional Protocol”, he went on, adding that his conclusion was that Iran “would succeed at the end”.

Asked if he thinks that Iran’s case at the IAEA would be closed on the Board’s next meting in November, Mr. ElBarade’I said “this is not a correct word, for inspections are an ongoing procedure”.

“The important issue is for us to be sure and certain that Iran’s nuclear projects are absolutely for civilian uses”, Mr. ElBarade’i told correspondents on Friday after noon, at the end of the Board’s debates.

For Iran, the draft resolution to be approved by the Board of Directors of the probably on Saturday “is not that important, because it is more political than legal and factual”.

On this, Mr. Mousavian was positive: “We have given the IAEA all assurances. Agency’s inspectors have visited all the sites they wanted and beyond. We cooperated with the Agency beyond its responsibilities, authority, rules and regulations and the General Director is aware and has praised our cooperation and confidence building”, he explained, saying that Iran would take “a political decision” concerning NPT’s Safeguard Agreement.

“For Iran, the essential issue is recognition of its right for full cycle, receiving advanced nuclear technologies as part of its legal and legitimate rights and we would emphasizes on that”, warned Mr. Mousavian, who is the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council on National Security’s Foreign Policy Committee.

However, he expressed satisfaction that “once again”, the United States was “isolated” at the IAEA over its pressure-building over Iran.

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“On both issues of fixing a deadline (31 October) and including a trigger mechanism, Washington was defeated”, he pointed out.

But Mr. ElBarade’i repeated that stopping completely and definitely it’s enriching activities and continuing confidence building is in “Iran’s best interests”.

Mousavian stressed that Iran will continue its cooperation with the IAEA “until all remaining issues are resolved to both sides satisfaction.

He repeated charges against the European Union’s big trio, namely Britain, France and Germany, saying they failed to respect their part of past agreements with Iran while they presses Iran to comply with its commitments.

Since October we actively cooperated and fulfilled all our commitments, in return, we expected that the European countries would reciprocate, but they failed in this regard”, he observed, adding, "I believe that they have shown weakness in fulfilling their commitments".

However, he opened the doors for “more comprehensive and broader” scope of cooperation with the so-called Big 3, including regional security, fight against international terrorism and trade, issues that, in his view, ‘from now will take the centre stage in negotiations with them. ENDS IRAN NUCLEAR 17904

 

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