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Tehran-Iran warned Sunday that referring it to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions over its controversial nuclear activities will lead to a no-win situation with &#34certain consequences.&#34

New Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki also told a press conference that Iran plans to organize tenders for building two more nuclear power plants in the Islamic republic.

Mottaki reiterated Iran”s position that it won”t stop uranium reprocessing, rejecting a U.S.-backed European threat that Tehran has about a week to freeze the activities or face referral to the Security Council for possible sanctions.

&#34There is no legal or legitimate reason, given Iran”s transparent activities and its open cooperation with the IAEA … that Iran be referred to the U.N. Security Council,&#34 Mottaki told reporters.

&#34If a political decision is made to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council, it will be entering a lose-lose game,&#34 he added. &#34It will have its own certain consequences and will affect Iran”s decisions. We prefer that such a game is not played,&#34 he was quoted as saying by The Associated Press.

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