Merkel: IAEA, Iran not progressing
LAST UPDATED: 07/21/2010 17:22
Latest sanctions prompted a deterioration in relations.
IAEA Photo: Associated Press
is not working seriously with the
International Atomic Energy Agency in discussions over its
nuclear program, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday.
reported that speaking at a news conference in Berlin, Merkel said she
viewed the outcome of negotiations with Iran with skepticism, given the
lack of progress made so far.
Unrepentant Iran derides sanctions
'Iran amassing enriched uranium'
Last month, Iran announced its parliament was working on a "top priority bill" which would limit the country's ties with the IAEA. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency, the move came as a response to the new sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic.
"The bill to revise Iran's relations with the IAEA is being drafted," the news agency quoted Iranian foreign policy chief Alaeddin Borujerdi as saying.
Iran has remained defiant in the wake of the latest round of sanctions, passed in June.
Ahmadinejad dismissed the
sanctions as “annoying flies” that were as useless as “used tissues.”
Other officials said Iran would not halt its uranium enrichment.
Boroujerdi, the head of the Iranian
parliament’s powerful National Security and Foreign Policy Committee,
described the sanctions as “political, illegal and illogical” and said
lawmakers would quickly “begin a revision of Iran’s relations” with the
IAEA. He did not say what options were to be discussed but a revision
could result in restricting IAEA inspectors’ access to Iran’s nuclear
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman,
Ramin Mehmanparast, said imposing new sanctions “is not constructive,
and will destroy the grounds for solving the current crisis” with the
Iranian officials said the new sanctions
will do little more than harden the country’s resolve to move ahead with
the nuclear program. Iran says the program is aimed at peaceful uses
while the US and other Western nations strongly suspect it is aimed at