Iran: New sanctions will not help
Iran expects a positive response from the UN and the West to its proposed nuclear fuel deal with Turkey and Brazil, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Friday. And he insisted that any further sanctions by the United Nations Security Council against Tehran over its nuclear works would prove counterproductive.
"To my understanding, the Vienna group are considering (the deal) positively," Mottaki said, according to AFP. "And as soon as their response to (International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya) Amano comes, I think the negotiations will start," he said.
According to Mottaki, his country was still awaiting the response of the both the IAEA and the US, France and Russia to its proposals. Iran preferred to "look on the positive" side, he said. "We have not received" any signals that the deal would be rejected, Mottaki said. "Let's keep our optimistic and positive position to invite everybody to come for a solution and that is a very good chance for the others, to create confidence-building for everybody. I think it is a good chance," he said.
"Sanctions (are) a failed policy, which they have tested in the past. If somebody is trying to move in that direction, definitely they will lose," Mottaki said.