Iran says it expects end to Security Council involvement in nuclear file

Teheran expects the UN Security Council to close the file on its nuclear activities once it has answered all questions about its past atomic programs, a senior Iranian envoy said Thursday. Ali Ashgar Soltanieh, Iran's chief delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency, also accused Washington of "poisoning the atmosphere" of an IAEA probe into its past with its attempts to impose new US Security Council sanctions. "There is no legal and technological justification" for continued Security Council involvement once the IAEA declares an end to its current probe, Soltanieh told reporters outside a Vienna meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation board. "Security Council involvement has to stop - the sooner the better."