Iran official slams 'political chicanery'

Nov. 29, 2009 at 11:35 AM
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TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Sunday an International Atomic Energy Agency resolution was the result of "political chicanery."

Speaking at a parliamentary session, Larijani said his country would alter its stance regarding the agency if members of the international community did not end their "carrot and stick policy," Iran's state-supported PRESS TV reported.

"If you keep up this ludicrous carrot and stick policy, Iran will make 'new arrangements' in its interaction with the agency," Larijani said.

"The resolution passed by the Board of Governors shows that we must be more alert when considering their proposals. This motion shows that they had no intention whatsoever to negotiate a solution but were engaged in 'political chicanery,'" he added.

The resolution passed by IAEA members rebuked Iran for building a secret uranium enrichment plant, the BBC reported.

According to state TV, the Iranian government responded to the IAEA resolution by ordering the Iranian nuclear agency to build five new uranium enrichment plants.

The BBC said the government's decision, which also included plans for five more enrichment sites in the future, came mere days after the resolution was announced.

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