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Iran's U.N. Ambassador: We Can't Stop

Thursday, 27 April 2006 12:00 AM

NEW YORK -- "They [the US] will do what they want and then try to drag the rest of the [UN Security] Council along with them," Iran's U.N. ambassador told a small group of reporters Thursday.

Zarif held the private meeting to make clear Tehran's case: Iran is willing to negotiate, but they will not simply comply to all U.S. demands.

Ironically, the Iranians held their public relations campaign at the former residence of the deposed Shah (Mohamed Reza Pahlavi) on New York's trendy 5th Ave., now the country's official ambassadorial home. NewsMax was one of a handful of news reporters invited to the meeting.

Speaking beneath art work from such well known western painters as Marc Chagall, Zarif expressed frustration at the impasse with the Bush administration.

"Everyone who works for a resolution in the Security Council has several U.S., British and French guns pointed at their heads," Zarif said. "They make no secret of it."

The ambassador claims other nations are being coerced into supporting a U.S.-sponsored resolution censuring Iran for contravening Security Council demands to stop their uranium enrichment program.

The pressure against Iran has been ratched up since March, when Washington bowed to pressure from Moscow and Beijing to warn Iran by issuing a so-called presidential statement.

The statement was no more than a non-binding position paper, but it did however give Iran one month to suspend its controversial uranium enrichment program.

Iran says the enrichment, which is its "right," and will be used to fuel several nuclear power electric stations due to come on-line later this year. Critics contend the enriched uranium is the key ingredient to fabricate a nuclear bomb.

On Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN's atomic watchdog, is due to report to the Security Council this week on Iran's compliance with Council demands to suspend the enrichment of uranium.

Mohammed ElBaradei, IAEA chief, will tell the Security Council in his report, excerpts of which were obtained by NewsMax, that there has been no progress since the warning was issued in March.

On Wednesday, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told reporters that Iran's efforts on uranium renrichment were "irreversible."

Zarif echoed a similar sentiment, suggestion the program can not be stopped.

"What are we supposed to do? Tell our scientists to forget what they have learned?" he asked.

Ambassador John Bolton, the U.S. representative to the world body, was not surprised by Iran's recalcitrance.

"Iran has been in contravention of the NPT with their secret nuclear program for 20 years," he said. "This is not new."

Just what will happen after the IAEA's report of non-compliance to the Council is a subject of diplomatic debate.

Chinese and Russian diplomats to the U.N. tell NewsMax that economic and/or military sanctions are not "now in the cards."

In fact, China's UN ambassador Wang Guangya, told reporters that his government wants any further prospective Council action to first be reqeusted by the IAEA's board of governors, which is not due to convene in Vienna until June.

That could push back any substantive UN action until late summer, at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the Iranian crisis comes as Israel announced it has orbited a new spy satellite with Moscow's help.

Jerusalem revealed that one task of its new satellite will be to "monitor" developements in Iran.

Tehran, not to be outtdone, is rumored to be in the market to purchase late model North Korean ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads well within targeting range of both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Moscow, feeling pressure from Washington and Paris, has temporarily "stalled" the final completion of the long awaited Iranian nuclear power station at Bushehr, on the Persian Gulf coast.

"We are still waiting," lamented Zarif. "This should have been completed in 1999, what can we do?"

When completed, the dual Russian light-water nuclear reactors, will make the Bushehr power station one the top 25 largest facilities in the world, the Central Intelligence Agency claimed in a recent assessment.

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