Posted by: kenwbudd | December 1, 2009

Iran says IAEA resolution is ‘law of the jungle’

Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Monday the UN atomic watchdog was imposing the “law of the jungle” by denouncing the Islamic republic over its uranium enrichment drive. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “resolution against Iran is not logical. No-one can bring any reasoning in face of such logic,” Mottaki told a news conference.

“This is an act of bullying. Today, we call it the law of the jungle,” he said in the comments carried and translated into English by state-run Press TV. Mottaki also reiterated that Tehran would never give up its “legitimate” right to pursue nuclear technology.

On Friday, the IAEA passed a resolution condemning Iran for building a second uranium enrichment plant and asked it to stop its construction in a mountain near the Shiite holy city of Qom. In his response, Mottaki said that “such measures will destroy the very foundation of the UN Security Council and the IAEA.”

“We cannot accept discrimination in international relations. Either there are rights or such rights do not exist,” he added, indicating Iran had the right to enrich uranium given it is party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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