Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gives a speech in Tehran. Iran has increased its foot-dragging on United Nations atomic inspections in the run-up to getting hit by UN sanctions against its nuclear program, and these problems are now expected to escalate.
New York Times: Iran Is Defiant, Vowing to U.N. It Will Continue Nuclear Efforts
Iran on Sunday reacted defiantly to the United Nations Security Council resolution imposing sanctions because of the countryâ€™s nuclear program. Iranian officials vowed to continue efforts to enrich uranium and warned that the Security Council action would change Iranâ€™s relationship with the United Nationsâ€™ nuclear monitoring agency.
The Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to impose sanctions on Iran banning the import and export of materials and technology used in uranium enrichment, reprocessing and ballistic missiles.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that the sanctions would not prevent Iran from developing its nuclear program, ISNA news agency reported.
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, gestures as he speaks in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006. Iran on Sunday vowed to push forward with efforts to enrich uranium and to change its relations with the international nuclear watchdog after the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions designed to stop the country’s disputed nuclear efforts.
â€œThe nuclear technology is our right, and no one can take it away from us,â€ Mr. Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying. â€œYou will soon regret this superficial action,â€ he said, referring to the sanctions.
â€œWhat kind of Security Council is this that is completely in the hands of the Zionists, the United States and Britain?â€ he added.
Iranâ€™s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, said Iran would respond immediately to the vote by pushing forward with its plan to develop its nuclear program, the newspaper Keyhan reported.
â€œBeginning Sunday morning, we will begin activities at Natanz â€” site of 3,000 centrifuges â€” and we will drive with full speed,â€ he was quoted as saying. â€œThis will be our immediate response to the resolution.â€
United Nations sanctions or NOT, Iran was proceeding with its uranium enrichment program leading ultimately to a nuclear weapon.
But, China still wants to discuss the issue.
China, a veto-wielding member of the United Nations Security Council, wants more talks on
Iran’s nuclear program, state media and the government have reported, after the UN voted in favor of sanctions.
China reacted after the Security Council passed a resolution that mandated sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities.
“We hope the UN resolution is carried out in an earnest fashion, but we also think sanctions are not the objective and cannot fundamentally resolve the issue,” foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in a statement.
“China wants… to see a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear issue through talks,” he said in the statement, posted on the ministry’s website.
More negotiations are WORTHLESS at this point in time. The P-5-Plus-1 have been offering carrot and stick negotiations for over a year and Iran’s Mullahs are NOT interested. They covet a nuclear weapon.
Tick Tock Tick Tock
The “POINT OF NO RETURN” clock moves forward.
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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.