Iran: 'Correct' Resolution Or Else

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi, speaks with media, during his weekly press conference in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005. Iran threatened Tuesday to resume uranium enrichment and block U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities unless the U.N. nuclear agency retracted its moves to refer the country to the Security Council for possible sanctions.
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Iran broadened its threats Tuesday over a move to refer it to the U.N. Security Council, saying that unless the U.N. nuclear agency backs down, it will resume uranium enrichment, block inspections of its nuclear facilities and cut trade with countries that supported the resolution.

In another move that suggests a toughening of Iran's position, the hard-line dominated parliament was considering a measure to force the government to bar short-notice intrusive U.N. inspections of its facilities if Iran's right to enrich uranium is not respected by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters Iran was considering reducing its trade with those countries that voted for Saturday's resolution, particularly India.

"We will reconsider our economic relations with countries that voted against us," he told a press conference.

"We were very surprised by India," he said. The country is interested in importing Iranian natural gas through a pipeline that will pass through Pakistan.

The IAEA resolution put Iran on the verge of referral to the U.N. Security Council unless Tehran eases suspicions about its nuclear activities. The resolution ordered Iran to suspend all uranium enrichment activities, including uranium conversion, to abandon construction of a heavy water nuclear reactor and to grant access to certain military locations, individuals and documents.

Iran has rejected the resolution, protesting it was politically motivated and without legal foundation.

Asefi said Tuesday that Iran was asking its European negotiating partners — Britain, France and Germany — and the IAEA for two things.

"First, they should not insist (on the terms of the resolution). Second, they should correct it. If the other parties' reaction is not along these lines, the Islamic Republic of Iran will take these measures," Asefi said.

He said Iran would cease to abide by the "voluntary measures" that it has been implementing as an expression of good will.

"If the IAEA and European countries don't make up for their error, we will cancel all voluntary measures we have taken," he said.