Iran Nuclear NewsAnother Resolution On Iran Proposed

Another Resolution On Iran Proposed

-

Washington Post: Three European Union countries submitted a draft resolution to the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency Friday declaring that Iran had violated treaty obligations by secretly developing a nuclear program that could be used to build weapons. A vote on the matter by the agency’s board was scheduled for Saturday, sparking complaints from countries that wanted to delay a showdown. Washington Post

By John Ward Anderson
Washington Post Foreign Service

Page A19

VIENNA – Three European Union countries submitted a draft resolution to the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency Friday declaring that Iran had violated treaty obligations by secretly developing a nuclear program that could be used to build weapons. A vote on the matter by the agency’s board was scheduled for Saturday, sparking complaints from countries that wanted to delay a showdown.

The resolution from Britain, France and Germany is slightly softer than an earlier version that would have immediately reported Iran to the U.N. Security Council, which could impose sanctions.

Iran, which has said it is developing nuclear technologies for electric power, not bombs, responded Friday by threatening to enrich uranium if its case goes to the Security Council.

Last month, Iran began a process known as converting uranium. Enriching uranium would be a further step toward production of nuclear fuel. Enriched uranium, depending on its quality, can be used to produce nuclear energy or nuclear bombs.

The European resolution, if approved, would declare Iran to be in “noncompliance” with its nuclear obligations, a finding that would make it obligatory for the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency to report the case to the Security Council. But the resolution leaves open the question of when a referral would be made.

A key argument that U.S. and European diplomats are using to sway Iran’s backers to their side is that it would be possible to delay sending the matter to the Security Council for years if Iran changes its behavior.

While the resolution appears to have majority support on the 35-member board, it is opposed by several key members, including Russia, China and many of the board’s 14 members from the Non-Aligned Movement, an international group that dates to the Cold War.

Diplomats said some of the countries opposing the resolution were threatening to stay away from Saturday’s board meeting, which might deny the board the more than two-thirds quorum, or 24 members, necessary to hold a meeting. If that happened, a vote could be rescheduled, perhaps for next week.

Latest news

Iran Regime’s Clerics Fear Their Inevitable Overthrow

The danger of demise is greatly scaring the Iran regime’s top clerics, forcing them to confess about it in...

Iran’s Regime Playing With Fire

Trapped in the nuclear talks, which are teetering on the verge of collapse, the Iranian regime has launched a...

Iran and Hezbollah Face Blame for Dual Financial Crises

The United States Treasury Department announced on Friday, January 21, that it would be enforcing sanctions on three Lebanese...

Iran – Conflicting State Policies Deepen Social Crises

The Iranian regime has decided to spend about $800 million to encourage more childbirths in 2022 in an attempt...

NCRI Hosts Conference in France To Address the Need To Hold the Iranian Regime Accountable for Its Crimes

On January 17, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) hosted a conference in Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris,...

Iran’s Regime Tries To Whitewash Its Crimes

Iran’s State Prisons and Security and Corrective Measures Organization, which is under the supervision of the Judiciary, has distributed...

Must read

Iran hangs six in Tehran prison

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 01 - Iranian authorities...

Iran’s Crippled Economy

Iran’s economic experts and analysts who have access to...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you