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Last Updated: Saturday, 14 January 2006, 13:45 GMT
Iranian press scorns nuclear criticism
Iranian Press

Iranian commentators argue that it would be unfair to refer Tehran to the UN Security Council over its decision to resume nuclear research.

They also accuse the West of mounting a media campaign against Iran and urge the country's leaders to reply in kind.

IRAN DAILY

The US and the EU-3 have scheduled a meeting in London with Russia and China... and are expected to call for an emergency session of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). This has been accompanied by an extensive media campaign to justify the Western political agenda against Iran. The world continues to be bombarded with concoctions about the so-called threat to international peace posed by the Iranian nuclear activities... in the meantime, Iran is determined to rally international support for mastering the nuclear fuel cycle on its home territory... the Europeans will only mar their own credibility further by acting illogically.

IRAN NEWS

The truth of the matter is that the Security Council route would solve nothing and only unnecessarily add to the enmity on both sides... it is time for both sides to move away from a course of conflict, act more judiciously and prudently and work toward finding a mutually palatable resolution to this disagreement.

E'TEMAD

Some US and European statesmen are talking about the need for imposing 'smart' sanctions on Iran, including a ban on Iranian officials' visit to other countries and the blocking of Iran's foreign accounts. However, the adoption of such measures will be opposed by countries that have extensive political and economic relations with Iran. It seems that the West, in spite of insisting on strong measures against the Islamic republic, does not have many diplomatic options with which to confront Iran.

JOMHURI-YE ESLAMI

Concurrent with practical measures to vindicate the natural and legal right of Iran in the sphere of nuclear technology, our officials responsible for Iran's nuclear dossier must embark on extensive publicity in order to achieve two aims: the enlightenment of world public opinion about Iran's rights in the sphere of nuclear technology and the portrayal of the anti-human rights face of the West.

TEHRAN TIMES

According to the Iran-EU agreement, the suspension of nuclear activities was not supposed to last more than two years under any circumstances, and the two-year deadline passed months ago... the resumption of nuclear research activities in Iran is definitely a national and Islamic demand, and the Iranian government cannot be indifferent towards the national will. In addition, neither the United States nor other Western countries can resist the will of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, who also recognise Iran's right to possess nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes... the West should change its tone because the time for threatening language is over.

KEYHAN

The behaviour of Western countries towards Iran, which is trying to vindicate its rights, has fundamentally undermined international law... they use their gigantic propaganda machine to aggrandise the whole issue and give the impression that from the Fall of Adam, Iran is the only country that has undermined the extremely sensitive and important rules of the IAEA... European countries are bent on persuading their citizens that Iran is trying to undermine the world order while Iran is doing the opposite: Iran is trying to understand the 'real' world order and adjust its behaviour accordingly.

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