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Iran accuses West of double standards

06-11-2010 14:00 BJT

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Iran has accused Western powers of double standards in imposing a new round of sanctions in the UN Security Council.

At the International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria, the country brought up the contrasting treatment of Israel on nuclear issues.

Thursday was the first time in 19 years that the IAEA has been asked to formally discuss the issue on Israel's presumed nuclear capabilities.

And not surprisingly, opinions on the board are split.

Glyn Davies, US Chief Representative to the IAEA, said, "Israel has broken no agreements, nor failed to fulfill obligations to the Agency. Discussion of this item distracts our collective attention from other pressing matters before the Board, premier among those is Iran which stands in violation of the NPT and IAEA safeguards obligations and of resolutions of the IAEA Board of Governors and the UN Security Council."

Ali Ashgar Soltanieh, Iran's Chief IAEA Envoy, said, "This is a clear indication of double standards. When Iran's nuclear issue is concerned and discuss and we object this politicisation of the IAEA, the United States rejects this and insists that Iran's nuclear issue should be discussed here and in New York and ignore totally the fact that this issue is a technical issue. Now at the same time today says that Israel's nuclear issue should not be discussed because it politicises the Agency."

Iran's chief IAEA envoy expressed concern over the US statement saying discussion of Israel is inappropriate since Israel is not party to the Non-proliferation Treaty. Ali Ashgar Soltanieh says this implies parties to the NPT should withdraw from it.

Several Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have criticized the Security Council's new resolution. Ahmadinejad says the resolution is worthless, and the Foreign Minister calls the decision "a move backward."

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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