Iran ”not concerned” over referral of nuclear case to UN council
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi in Tehran Sunday said his country is not concerned over the possible referral of its nuclear case to the UN Security Council.
Speaking to reporters at his weekly press briefing, Asefi added Iran enjoys great potentials and capabilities to manage itself if its nuclear dossier is sent to the UN Security Council, IRNA reported.
He stressed that Iran's talks with the European states have not met the country's expectations yet, saying "We should wait for the upcoming talks to be held on March 23. It is still early to reach a conclusion."
Asked about possible sanctions against Iran, he said, "Such sanctions will put the country under pressure for a short time but will help Iran in the long run."
In response to a question on US entrance in the nuclear talks, Asefi added, "If the United States enters the talks with its intentions, it will destroy the negotiations.
"The United States should first change its policy ... and respect the rights of the Iranian nation. Otherwise, the US presence in the talks will bear no fruit. Talks with the United States is not on our agenda at all."