Monday, March 26, 2007

"Al-Aqsa Brigades attack Zionists," "Int'l bodies . . . tools to support Israel," and more on the British sailors

IRIB: "Al-Aqsa Brigades attack Zionists":
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military branch of Fatah Movement, on Monday accepted the responsibility of setting off a bomb in the way of Zionist regime's patrol in the West Bank city of Nablus.

The blast had been carried out on Sunday.

"Combatants of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades on Sunday detonated a strong bomb in the way of Zionist regime's patrol in Nablus that made damages to them," Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said in a statement.
IRNA: "Speaker: Int'l bodies serve as tools to support Israel":
Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said here Monday that at present the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) are tools supporting entities such as Israel rather than world countries.

Haddad-Adel told IRNA that by clearly declaring possession of atomic bomb, Israel overlooks its membership in the specified international bodies.

He noted that these international organizations serve the interests of Israel and disregard the interests of countries such as Iran, which neither intend to produce nuclear weapons, nor deviate from peaceful path in their nuclear activities.

"In practice, those countries willing to comply with international regulations are pressurized through UN as a consequence of the world powers' bullying and irrational approach.

"This is while, those states intending to proliferate atomic weapons are supported," he added.

The speaker said that such an approach by international bodies certainly does not indicate a good future for the world. [...]
IRNA: "Tehran is legally examining case of British sailors: FM":
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Sunday that the charge against the British sailors arrested in Iran is illegal entry into Iranian waters and that the issue is being examined legally.

Talking to reporters at the United Nations in New York, he added that the British charge d'affaires in Tehran was summoned to the Foreign Ministry to be informed of Tehran's protest regarding the illegal entry of British forces into the Iranian territory.

"Iranian authorities detained the sailors in Iranian waters. This issue is not unprecedented and is being examined legally," Mottaki said.

Expressing his regret over the recent resolution issued against Iran's nuclear program by the UN Security Council, Mottaki said, "There have been two options to deal with Iran's nuclear issue:
nderstanding or confrontation. The resolution was the wrong choice which of course will have its own consequences."
When the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) repeatedly confirmed that no deviation from peaceful path had been observed in Iran's nuclear programs, it is a wrong decision to send the case to the UN Security Council, Mottaki said.

Tehran believes that the Iranian nuclear case should be examined at the IAEA and not at the Security Council, he added.

On Tehran-Washington direct talks, he said Tehran will study the US official request in this regard, he noted.

As to the current developments in the occupied Iraq, Mottaki said several mistakes were made in Iraq. If the wrong process continues, the main objective which is Iraq's security would be forgotten, he added.

As to the abduction of Iranian officials in Iraq, he said Tehran condemns such illegal acts and believes that Washington is responsible for this illegal act. Tehran also expects the Iraqi government to fulfill its commitment and make greater efforts to release them, Mottaki added.

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