TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has condemned a G-8 warning that it could face more
sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, the country's official Islamic
Republic News Agency reported.
Mohamad Ali Hosseini, the
spokesman of Iran's foreign ministry, said Iran welcomed diplomatic solutions
"to answer questions and possible ambiguities over its peaceful nuclear
program," IRNA said late Saturday.
Mohamed El Baradei, head of the International Atomic Energy
Agency, IAEA, left, and Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema meet in Rome,
Thursday, June 7, 2007, during an international conference on nuclear
But Hosseini said the G-8 statement went against what he called the intent of
the international community, to work on the nuclear issue through talks and
He reiterated that Iran would not accept demands that it suspend uranium
enrichment, which can be used both to generate energy and to create a nuclear
weapon, before any negotiations.
The Group of Eight indudstrialized countries said Friday they would "support
adopting further measures" if Iran refused to put a halt to its uranium
The G-8 leaders, at a summit in Germany, said they would back UN Security
Council moves on a third set of sanctions against Iran if Tehran failed to
suspend the program.
On Tuesday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran's nuclear program could
not be stopped, and that any Western attempt to force a halt to uranium
enrichment would be like playing "with the lion's tail."
The Security Council first imposed sanctions on Iran in December and modestly
increased them in March over Iran's refusal to suspend enrichment.
Iran says it is within its rights to pursue uranium enrichment for peaceful
The United States and some of its allies fear that Iran is pursuing a nuclear
weapons program under cover of its civilian nuclear activities.
Iran denies that and says its program is aimed at peaceful purposes such as
generating electrical energy.