Iran urged the United Nations Security Council on Friday to revise its Resolution 1929, which slaps new sanctions on the Islamic republic and warned of legal consequences otherwise.
A statement by the country’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), which was carried by the official news agency IRNA, said the involvement of the Security Council in the Iranian nuclear issue was “illegal and therefore without any credit” and should therefore be immediately corrected and revised.
The UN Security Council voted last week in favour of a fourth sanctions resolution against Iran over its disputed nuclear activities, which the West fears are aimed towards a nuclear weapons capability.
The SNSC, the country’s highest decision—making body, warned that any move against the legal and legitimate rights of the Iranian nation would be decisively replied to by Iran through legal means.
The SNSC, led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, did not say what this legal reply would be.
Uncle Sam deplored as resolution initiator
The statement also condemned the U.S. as the initiator of the resolution and said while Washington itself commissioned Brazil and Turkey to mediate in the nuclear dispute, the positive results of the mediation were then ignored by the U.S.
Iran, Brazil and Turkey reached an agreement last month in Tehran on swapping Iran’s uranium for enriched fuel for a medical reactor in Tehran. However, the West regards this agreement as insufficient, as it fails to stop Iran from enriching uranium to 20 per cent, an important technical step for weaponising uranium. The SNSC said that instead of issuing resolutions against a country which, in line with the Nuclear Non—Proliferation Treaty, just pursues peaceful nuclear technology, the U.S. should deal with the Israeli nuclear arsenal.
The statement added that a country which could not even control an oil spill like the one in the Gulf of Mexico, could not expose itself as protector of the Non—Proliferation Treaty and global peace.