Iran has said it is not worried about a new UN Security Council resolution on its nuclear programme. The Council’s five permanent members plus Germany say they are close to reaching a deal. The resolution would penalise Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, as demanded by the West, which suspects Tehran of trying to develop nuclear weapons – claims Iran denies.
French UN ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sabliere said: “We hope that this resolution will make them think twice and they will come back to what we all expect that they will suspend their enrichment and their reprocessing activities and then we will suspend our measures.”
In a further provocation to the international community, Iran this week issued a new bank note with a nuclear symbol. The 50,000 rials note, which is worth more than twice the value of the previously-existing highest denomination, also reflects Iran’s rising inflation, which has brought criticism of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s policies.
A dollar is now worth roughly 9,300 trials. Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, it stood at 70 rials. But many Iranians welcome the new bank note. “It’s a nice design and shows our national resistance,” said one Tehran resident. “It reminds us that we should resist until the end to achieve our nuclear rights.” A reaction which reflects the fact that for many in Iran, the nuclear programme is a source of national pride.