Iran protests sanctions, seeks compensation|
TEHRAN, March 26 (RIA Novosti) -
Tehran issued a protest on Wednesday over UN Security Council resolutions
imposed against Iran since 2006 and demanded compensation for the losses
inflicted on the country.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki addressed the protest in a letter
to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Iranian media said the message was delivered by Iran's UN envoy Mohammad
Khazaee, who said the Security Council's sanctions against Iran could not be
justified as his country was continuing to cooperate with the UN nuclear
watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The Security Council imposed sanctions in December 2006, March 2007 and March
2008, after Iran refused to
comply with Western countries' demands to halt its uranium enrichment program
over fears the country could develop nuclear arms. Iran has repeatedly claimed
it is only pursuing a peaceful nuclear energy program.
The latest resolution against Iran froze accounts of certain Iranian
companies and banks, and introduced inspections for goods leaving and entering
the Islamic Republic. In addition, five Iranian officials involved in nuclear
projects are subject to travel bans.
In response, Iran refused to continue talks with the Iran-Six, a group of
international mediators comprising the five permanent UN Security Council
members and Germany, saying it would only discuss issues regarding its nuclear
program with the IAEA.
The diplomatic standoff between Iran and the West began almost six years ago
and has threatened to take on a military nature at times over suspicions that
Iran was secretly developing nuclear weapons.
Original article: RIA Novosti
Fair Use Notice