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Iran says it's not afraid of Security Council
Updated: 2005-11-08 01:38

Threats to refer Iran's nuclear case to the U.N. Security Council, where Tehran could face sanctions, will not scare it into scrapping its nuclear program, Iran's chief atomic negotiator said on Tuesday.

"Iran cannot be intimidated by the Security Council. We do not take such threats seriously," Ali Larijani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, told reporters.

"Iran cannot be threatened with the (Security) Council in order to abandon its right."

Tehran denies U.S. accusations that its nuclear program will be used to make atomic bombs.

Washington and the European Union have repeatedly warned Iran it will be sent to the Security Council unless it abides by a September resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) urging it to improve cooperation with U.N. inspectors and to freeze all nuclear fuel work.

The IAEA board is due to meet again to discuss Iran's case later this month.

Tehran has been praised by the IAEA for improved cooperation in recent weeks, including allowing inspectors to visit a military complex near Tehran.

Larijani has also formally written to Britain, France and Germany requesting a resumption of nuclear negotiations which broke down in August. The EU says it is studying Iran's offer.

"We want to show that we have gone through all peaceful channels to protect the Iranian nation's right," Larijani told reporters after addressing a conference in Tehran. "It would be wise if the Europeans use all diplomatic channels to solve Iran's nuclear issue," he said.
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