Foreign Policy -June 17, 2013

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Foreign Policy – (June 17, 2013) Iran reacted sharply to the report,  telling Turtle Bay that the panel’s findings are flat wrong. “The reports by the Panel of Experts are erroneous and lack credible authenticated information,” Alireza Miryousefi, the spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, said in an emailed statement. “From our standpoint we should not give any value to those reports.”

The Iranian official reiterated Tehran’s long-standing claim that Iran has no intention of developing a nuclear weapon and that the U.N. Security Council has no right to bar the country from excercising its rights under the 1970 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty to develop a civilian nuclear program. “Iran’s activities are purely for peaceful purposes,” he said. “Iran’s nuclear issue was unjustifiably put on the agenda of the Security Council.” Iran, he added, does not recognize U.N. Security Council resolutions prohibiting its right to enrich uranium “as fair and legitimate.”

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