UN has Toughened Sanctions Against Iran Because of Insufficient Cooperation with IAEA: Russian MP

Politics Materials 4 March 2008 18:08 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 March / corr. Trend A. Gasimova/ The toughening of the sanctions against Iran by the UN Security Council was necessitated by insufficient cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mikhail Margelov, a Russian high ranking MP said.

The day before the UN Security Council voted for the third resolution (#1803) against Iran for its refusal to hold moratorium on uranium enrichment. The decision envisaging tough sanctions against Iran was adopted because the last report by the International Atomic Energy Agency did not confirm unmistakably the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program.

Russia, one of the six, supported new talks between the European Union and Iran on the nuclear program of Tehran, Margelov, the chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of RF said to Trend by email on 4 March. According to Margelov, the six countries of the Security Council are ready to expand economic assistance to Iran if it stops its uranium enrichment program. " Russia is not interested in nuclear Iran as those neighboring countries capable of producing nuclear arms will follow its example immediately. The rise in the number of those with nuclear arms increases its possibility of application," Margelov said.

The MP said that many people justly speak of the weakening of the regime of the non-proliferation of nuclear arms. As a result of the uncomfortable policy by the US small and large countries update and fill their military arsenal. The declaration of independence by Kosovo compels countries to fulfill their tasks without preliminary permission regardless of international law," Margelov said.

The statement by the Foreign Ministry of Russia made on 4 March said that the Resolution on the nuclear program of Iran is a serious political signal to Tehran to cooperate with the UN Security Council and fulfill the decisions of the IAEA Board of Managers.

The IAEA said on 22 February that in spite of increasing transparency of the Iranian atomic program, its peaceful nature has not been confirmed yet.