IAEA demands Iran return to EU nuclear accord

11th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 August 2005, VIENNA - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) demanded Thursday that Iran should return to adhering to its accord with the European Union (E.U.) on suspending its nuclear programme.

11 August 2005

VIENNA - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) demanded Thursday that Iran should return to adhering to its accord with the European Union (E.U.) on suspending its nuclear programme.

The demand came in a resolution unanimously passed at a crisis session of the IAEA board of governors and comes a few days after Iran, in rejecting the E.U. proposals on the nuclear issue, began to re-start operations at its Isfahan nuclear power plant.

The 35-member board expressed its "serious concern" about Iran resuming uranium enrichment operations at Isfahan.

The resolution was an apparent compromise which reflected the pressure exerted by Non-Aligned nations to note that Iran's previous agreement with the E.U. on suspending its nuclear program had been "voluntary".

Also, the resolution affirmed the right of all members of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to develop atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

The resolution also called on IAEA general director Mohammed Elbaradei to draft a "comprehensive" report concerning Iran's nuclear policy.

The call by the IAEA board came a day after Iran resumed full operations at its controversial nuclear facility at Isfahan.

A draft by European delegations called on Iran to refrain from all nuclear activities, but did not mention the option of taking the issue to the United Nations Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions.

On Wednesday, Iran fully resumed uranium conversion - a first stage to enrichment - after breaking the IAEA seals at its plant at Isfahan. The IAEA has monitoring cameras at the site.

Above all the United States accuses Iran of a secret nuclear weapons program. But Tehran said on Wednesday its step was allowed under international treaties, and consistent with its effort to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

In New York Wednesday evening, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said that Iran and the E.U. negotiating troika of France, Britain and Germany appeared willing to continue talks despite the crisis.

"I have indications from both sides that they are prepared to continue the search for a solution," Annan said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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