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UN says Iran fails to stop uranium enrichment
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Date : 2006-09-01 10:52:50                      Reader : 263
But when Iran intends civil energy which is the right of all countries UN talks against Iran. Israel rejected more than 60 UN resolutions and UN has never taken sanctions against Israel. Why Israel is above law? Dual standards will never serve peace and world security.
Associated France Press 1/9/2006
UN says Iran fails to stop uranium enrichment
 by Michael Adler
Thu Aug 31, 6:07 PM ET
  
 
VIENNA (AFP) -        Iran has defied a UN Security Council August 31 deadline to halt uranium enrichment, the UN nuclear watchdog announced, setting the stage for possible sanctions.
 
"Iran has not suspended its enrichment related activities," the watchdog        International Atomic Energy Agency said in a confidential report, filed to the Security Council and obtained by AFP.
 
The Council had in July demanded that Iran suspend all uranium enrichment related activities by August 31, spurred by US-led concerns that Tehran's nuclear programme is a covert attempt to produce nuclear weapons.
 
Uranium enrichment makes fuel for civilian nuclear reactors but in highly refined form can serve as the raw material for atom bombs.
 
Iran says its program is a peaceful effort to generate electricity and on August 21 said it was ready to talk to world powers about a package of incentives they were offering to get Tehran's nuclear program under control.
 
But Iran did not meet the requirement to stop enriching uranium.
 
With the UN deadline past, Washington believes it is time to pass from the carrot to the stick. The US State Department said the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany will meet in Berlin next Thursday to outline the exact steps to take against Iran.
 
This would be preceded by a last-ditch meeting to find a negotiated settlement between        European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran negotiator Ali Larijani in the German capital on September 6, a diplomat said.
 
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, while ruling out even indirect talks between the UN powers and Iranian envoy in Berlin, said he expected before and after the Berlin meeting "there will be diplomatic contacts with the Iranians to encourage them to take the offer" and comply with the "just demands of the international community."
 
Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, who will represent the US in Berlin, said he expects the Security Council to adopt a sanctions plan within a month.
 
However, Council members China and Russia are wavering on sanctions, and could veto any such moves.
 
At the same time, Iran is again calling for dialogue, leaving the EU divided even among its own 25 members.
 
US Ambassador to the        United Nations John Bolton said the report "provides ample evidence of (Iranian) defiance."
 
Bolton, however, said the Council was not planning any immediate response and would await the results of the meeting between Solana and Larijani "and then we will be consulting here and in capitals about where to go from there."
 
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he refused to cede "an inch" to the growing pressure and the report said Tehran had started a new round of uranium enrichment only a week ago.
 
"To resist in the face of international pressure and to defend the nuclear achievements is Iran's best choice," Ahmadinejad told state television.
 
In another statement which also made no direct mention of the IAEA report, he said on the state news agency IRNA: "They think that by adopting resolutions they can force the Iranian people to step back, but they are mistaken."
 
US        President George W. Bush said: "It is time for Iran to make a choice," in a speech to a US veterans group as the deadline ticked by.
 
"We will continue to work closely with our allies to plan a diplomatic solution, but there must be consequences for Iran's defiance and we must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon," Bush said.
 
"Inspectors have not uncovered any concrete proof that Iran's nuclear program is of a military nature," a senior official close to the IAEA told reporters on condition of anonymity.
 
But the UN watchdog was getting little help from Iran in probing additional questions, the official said.
 
"There is a standstill with regard to the resolution of outstanding issues which would clarify the peaceful nature of Iran's program," the senior official said.
 
The report said the IAEA was investigating a new case of contamination by highly enriched uranium, which could be a sign of weapons work, and that Iran has not been forthcoming about its work with sophisticated P2 centrifuges to enrich uranium and blueprints Iran possesses to make nuclear weapons parts.
 
In addition, the IAEA documented cases this summer of Iran blocking inspections authorised by the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and not giving inspectors the multiple-entry one-year visas they need, but said Iran was now complying with these demands.
 
The senior official close to the IAEA said it was "counterproductive" for Iran to try to blackmail the agency by linking "its ongoing political dialogue to its cooperation with the IAEA, which is needed to clarify unresolved issues about its past nuclear program."
 
In Tehran, the deputy chief of Iran's nuclear agency Mohammad Saeedi said the IAEA report was "not negative" and that enrichment would "continue within the framework of research and under the control of the IAEA."
 
The report said Iran had started another round of small-scale uranium enrichment, with plans to have running by September a second 164-centrifuge line, or cascade, able to do this work.
 
But the senior official close to the IAEA stressed that "the inspectors findings indicate that the qualitative and quantitative development of Iran's enrichment program continues to be fairly limited."

 
 
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