Europe, US delay referring Iran to United Nations

31st January 2006, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, Jan 31, 2006 (AFP) - The United States and Europe agreed Monday with Russia and China on a compromise proposal to report Iran to the UN Security Council over its nuclear program but to put off UN action until at least March, a joint statement said.

LONDON, Jan 31, 2006 (AFP) - The United States and Europe agreed Monday with Russia and China on a compromise proposal to report Iran to the UN Security Council over its nuclear program but to put off UN action until at least March, a joint statement said.

The joint statement by Britain, France and Germany plus the United States and China and Russia said the six countries agreed that the UN nuclear watchdog "should report to the Security Council its decision on the steps required of Iran."

But they also "agreed that the Security Council should await the (International Atomic Energy Agency's) report to the March meeting of the IAEA board... before deciding to take action to reinforce the authority of the IAEA process," the statement said.

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said he and his colleagues "wished that a firm message from the international community be sent in a united fashion to the Iranian authorities, who must understand that they must suspend nuclear activities."

"The diplomatic route, which is the better way to proceed, can then resume," Douste-Blazy told a late-night meeting with French reporters in London after the four-hour conclave where, according to diplomatic sources, Russia proved the most reluctant to take firm action.

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