'Iran will stop cooperating if sanctions imposed'

April 25, 2006 10:35

Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Tuesday that Iran will withdraw from all cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog agency if the UN Security Council imposes sanctions against it. The statements by Ali Larijani came a day after Iran's president - facing a Friday UN deadline to stop uranium enrichment - boldly predicted the Security Council would not impose sanctions on Tehran and and warned he was thinking about dropping out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. On Tuesday, Larijani, speaking to an international conference on Iran's energy program, said flatly that if the Security Council imposed sanctions on Iran, the country would suspend its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which oversees compliance with the treaty.

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