IAEA talks on EU resolution against Iran stalling
23 September 2005, VIENNA/TEHRAN - European Union diplomats were Friday facing opposition in talks with other members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board over their plan to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for its controversial nuclear programme.
23 September 2005
VIENNA/TEHRAN - European Union diplomats were Friday facing opposition in talks with other members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board over their plan to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for its controversial nuclear programme.
Talks with delegates of the board's 12 non-aligned countries were stalling, E.U. diplomats reported.
The E.U.'s amended draft - which suggests referring the Iran case to the Security Council after November - had already been rejected by Russia on Thursday, one day after Moscow also dismissed a first version proposing an immediate involvement of the council.
As a permanent member, Moscow also holds veto rights in the Security Council and could stop any sanctions proposed against Iran at the U.N.'s highest panel.
Meanwhile, Iran reiterated its vehement opposition against the E.U.'s move, claiming not Iran but the E.U. trio of England, Germany and France had violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday that the trio's opposition to Iran's legitimate rights to peaceful nuclear technology was "a clear violation of the NPT framework", the Fars news agency reported.
Ahmadinejad made his comments in talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India which had also opposed the E.U. draft resolution.
In the resolution, the E.U. accuses Tehran of concealing its nuclear programmes and providing "misleading information and delays in access to material and facilities" to the IAEA.
The bloc's open stance against Iran followed after 30 months of failed talks with Tehran over the matter. During this time the United States had led the opposition against Iran, which it accuses of secretly producing nuclear weapons.
E.U. diplomats at the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog said Friday that the E.U. might push through the draft resolution at the IAEA despite the declared opposition of Russia or China - both countries with strong economic and strategic interests in Iran.
The two countries have led the opposition against the resolution at the IAEA talks, followed by India, Pakistan, as well as the non- aligned countries in the 35-member board.
Under IAEA rules, the organization's governing body could take place on Saturday at the earliest.
On Thursday the E.U.'s delay of the proposed involvement of the security council was seen as a temporary victory for Iran but no euphoria came up in Tehran as, based on a previous IAEA resolution of August 11, Iran still has to close down its uranium conversion plant in Isfahan.
Deputy of Iran's National Security Council, Javad Vaidi, told state television that Iran would not stop its programme in Isfahan or bow to any new ultimatums. However, Tehran would increase its effort at the IAEA to clarify Iran's stance and reach a suitable result.
Assurances earlier this week by Iran's Vice-President and Atomic Energy Organization head, Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh, that Iran would not withdraw from the NPT and cooperate with the IAEA are believed to have had a major impact on the recent developments in favour of Iran.
"Iran is seeking no more than realising its rights as NPT signatory and member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," Ahmadinejad said Friday referring to the right of member states to pursue civilian nuclear programmes.
"We also want the process not to be politicised and are even willing to continue negotiations, however on a legal and technical basis," the president added.
IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei is supposed to visit Iran for renewed negotiations before presenting his report to the IAEA board of governors in November.
Subject: German news