Belgium urges Iran to end nuclear stand-off

18th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 January 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgium has agreed to refer the Iran nuclear issue to the UN Security Council, calling also on Iran to take "immediate" action to resolve the current stand-off.

18 January 2006

BRUSSELS — Belgium has agreed to refer the Iran nuclear issue to the UN Security Council, calling also on Iran to take "immediate" action to resolve the current stand-off.

Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht said Belgium also supports the convening of an extraordinary meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 2 and 3 February.

De Gucht fully aligned himself with the statement on the Iran nuclear issue released by the EU on 12 January.

"Foreign Minister De Gucht agrees with the E3/EU that the time has come for the UN Security Council to become involved and to use all the potential of its diplomacy," a press release said.

"He fully supports the calling, by the E3/EU of an extraordinary IAEA Board of Governors [meeting] on 2 and 3 February 2006."

De Gucht said he regrets that Iran seems unwilling to comply with IAEA resolutions calling for full transparency and the numerous appeals to remedy concerns stemming from its past clandestine nuclear activities.

Backing the stance of the European Union, De Gucht said the voluntary suspension by Iran of all nuclear enrichment related and reprocessing activities is a key element.

"Iran knows what it has to do to revert this situation. Belgium calls on the Iranian leadership to take immediate and positive action," he said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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