TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said that the decision by the world powers to introduce a new UN Security Council resolution against Tehran is merely aimed at staging a show of solidarity.
Jalili said Saturday that the Group 5+1 — the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — are attempting to prove that they share the same view on Iran’s nuclear case by introducing the new resolution.
Russia and China, two veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council, have so far appeared reluctant in supporting new sanction resolutions on Iran.
After a meeting on Friday, representatives from the 5+1 agreed to submit to the UN Security Council a draft resolution reaffirming existing sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed that the group would soon adopt a ‘very simple resolution’ to urge Iran to comply with existing resolutions.
Under US pressure, the UN Security Council has so far imposed three rounds of sanctions against Iran, in a bid to persuade the country to halt its uranium enrichment.
Earlier on Wednesday, Russia cancelled a 5+1 ministerial meeting which was scheduled for Thursday. World powers intended to discuss the Iranian nuclear program, while the US, Britain and France urged further sanctions against Iran.
“The new resolution is more like a declaration rather than a resolution,” press tv quoted Jalili as saying, adding that “it would not help mutual efforts for global peace and security.”
The West accuses Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of making efforts to achieve nuclear weapons.
This is while the UN nuclear watchdog, in its Sep 15 report on Iran, declared that it could not find any “components of a nuclear weapon” or “related nuclear physics studies” in the country.
Jalili added that the West only aims to make use of the new UN Security Council resolution for its propaganda campaign against Iran’s nuclear program.
Jalili’s remarks came after the US ambassador Alejandro Wolff also confirmed on Friday that the draft was only an important “show of unity”.