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Thursday, February 15, 2007

UNSC sends Iran support over bombing, not gov't

The UN Security Council responded to a request from Iran on Thursday and condemned the deadliest terrorist attack in the country in years, extending "sincere condolences" to the Iranian people - but not to the government, at US insistence.

Acting US Ambassador Alejandro Wolff said it was "a rich irony" that a government which rejects the Security Council's authority and has refused to implement a council resolution demanding suspension of its uranium enrichment program asked the council to adopt a statement condemning the attack.

"We rejoice in the fact that the government recognizes that the council is the supreme body to deal with issues of international peace and security," Wolff said. "It recognizes the council's legitimacy, and now we call on the government of Iran to implement its obligations under existing Security Council resolutions and respect them the way it sought our respect for recognition of this terrorist act."

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