Thursday, September 22, 2005

Iran: Who's your daddy Europe? WE ARE!

EU: Iran gloats about the cowards of the EU.

IRAN has hailed as a "significant victory" the EU climbdown from its demand that the UN nuclear watchdog send the Islamic state to the UN security council. Opposition from China, Russia, India and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) stopped the EU reporting Teheran to the UN's highest body for possible sanctions, Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, said today. "The EU's withdrawal was a significant victory for Iran," Mr Saeedi, also a member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team, said. The EU has dropped the demand from a revised draft resolution after nearly 15 of the 35 members of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) governing board, including China and Russia, opposed it. Iranian negotiator Javad Vaeedi said Iran's strong diplomacy pushed the EU to drop its security council push. "Our firm stance, China and Russia's backing and also a lack of legal basis caused the EU's withdrawal," the official IRNA news agency quoted Mr Vaeedi as telling reporters in Vienna. "Also, as they were not sure about the outcome of the security council, they reviewed their draft," said Vaeedi, the Supreme National Security Council deputy in charge of international affairs.

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