Iran wants ban on nuke facilities attacks

Aug. 14, 2009 at 9:58 PM
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TEHRAN, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Iran called for a ban on attacks against nuclear facilities and proposed a fall conference to enact one, an Iranian envoy said Friday.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's chief envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the call for the 150-nation conference is not linked to veiled threats by Israel of a last-resort strike should the international community fail to persuade Tehran to end its nuclear activities.

"We are not worried about Israel," Soltanieh said. "Nobody dares to do anything against Iran."

He said an Iranian resolution will seek a worldwide ban on such attacks as "a matter of principle."

The the international agency is to meet Sept. 14

Back in September 1990, the IAEA's general conference passed a resolution titled "Prohibition of All Armed Attacks Against Nuclear Installations Devoted to Peaceful Purposes Whether Under Construction or in Operation."

Soltanieh called for a new resolution, saying "nuclear installations all over the world are increasing and any sort of threatening attacks will have radiological consequences all over the world."

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