TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iran has the right to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, opposing UN sanctions against the Middle East nation for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment.“Pakistan had never been in favor of sanctions against Iran,” Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan said. “We always emphasized that there ought to be a diplomatic solution of the Iranian nuclear issue.”
Khan’s comments came after the UN Security Council approved a resolution on Saturday to bar countries from supplying Iran with materials and technology that could contribute to its nuclear and missile programs.
Khan said that Pakistan was still studying provisions of the UN resolution, but added they would not affect cooperation between the two countries as their relationship did not involve nuclear technology.
The Foreign Ministry official said that Iran should be allowed to acquire peaceful nuclear technology under UN supervision.
“We believe that Iran has the right to access peaceful nuclear technology under IAEA safeguards,” Khan said referring to the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Iran is accused by the United States of trying to develop nuclear weapons but Iranian leaders say their country’s nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity.