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U.N. draft of sanctions resolution rejected

May 20, 2010

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— Iran on Wednesday dismissed as “illegitimate” a draft U.N. Security Council resolution seeking to impose harsher sanctions against Tehran for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment.

Mojtaba Hashemi Samareh, a top adviser to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said the draft proposed by the U.S. was a reactionary response to a deal in which Iran agreed to ship much of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey.

The surprise deal, brokered by Turkey and Brazil on Monday, didn’t ease concerns in the West that Iran’s nuclear program has military dimensions primarily because Tehran has said it will continue to enrich uranium to higher levels.

Uranium enriched to a low level is used for nuclear fuel, but if processed to much higher levels it can be fashioned into a weapon.

“The draft resolution being discussed at Security Council has no legitimacy at all,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Samareh as saying Wednesday after a Cabinet meeting.

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