UN gives Iran until 31 August nuclear deadline

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31 July 2006, NEW YORK - The UN Security Council on Monday gave Iran until August 31 to suspend uranium enrichment and accept incentives designed to keep it from building a nuclear bomb. Council members voted 14-1 in favour of the resolution, drafted by France, Britain and Germany. Qatar cast the dissenting vote, saying the move would further inflame the Middle East. In its latest step to boost pressure on Iran, the UN gave the Islamic republic a month to stop its disputed nuclear activities and address in

31 July 2006

NEW YORK - The UN Security Council on Monday gave Iran until August 31 to suspend uranium enrichment and accept incentives designed to keep it from building a nuclear bomb.

Council members voted 14-1 in favour of the resolution, drafted by France, Britain and Germany. Qatar cast the dissenting vote, saying the move would further inflame the Middle East.

In its latest step to boost pressure on Iran, the UN gave the Islamic republic a month to stop its disputed nuclear activities and address international concern that it is seeking nuclear weapons.

Iran says its programme is purely for electrical power generation and has threatened to withdraw from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if the UN set an ultimatum.

The five permanent council powers - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany in June offered a batch of incentives aimed at persuading Iran to cooperate with demands to come clean on its nuclear activities and stop enriching uranium.

If Iran does not accept the deal and defies Monday's resolution, the Security Council could seek economic and political sanctions. The incentives include providing Iran access to civilian nuclear power.

US Ambassador John Bolton said the measure was a "strong response" to a country that had "consistently and brazenly defied the international community with its pursuit of nuclear weapons."

"This resolution sends an unequivocal and unambiguous message to Iran," Bolton told the Security Council after the vote.

In a contrast of emphasis, Russia said the main point of the measure was to make it easier for the International Atomic Energy Agency - the UN nuclear watchdog - to win cooperation from Iran in clearing up suspicions about Tehran's nuclear programme.

Moscow wants the IAEA - not the Security Council - to be the main forum for resolving the dispute.

Still, Russia's delegate urged Iran to take the resolution seriously and to respond positively to the six-power proposal.

Russia and China have been reluctant to come down too hard on Iran and have previously opposed economic sanctions on their important business partner.

DPA

Subject: German news

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