France calls for new UN resolution on Iran

23rd February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 22, 2007 (AFP) - France wants a new UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran to be adopted after Tehran failed to bow to demands to halt its nuclear programme, the foreign minister said Thursday.

PARIS, Feb 22, 2007 (AFP) - France wants a new UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran to be adopted after Tehran failed to bow to demands to halt its nuclear programme, the foreign minister said Thursday.

The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), issued a report earlier stating that Iran had not suspended nuclear enrichment, triggering possible action by the top UN body.

"We want a second resolution to be adopted unanimously by the Security Council to continue the sanctions," Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told reporters.

"We request that Iran suspend its sensitive nuclear activities: enrichment, uranium conversion and the heavy-water activities, as well as ballistic activities," said the foreign minister.

The UN Security Council -- of which France is a permanent member -- passed a resolution on December 23 that imposed limited sanctions on Iran, demanded the suspension of uranium enrichment and gave IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei 60 days to provide the new report.

But in the report issued Thursday, the IAEA said Iran was enriching uranium in a pilot plant where 328 centrifuges were installed in a massive underground site and an additional 328 were being set up.

The United States has accused Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons, but Tehran maintains that its programme is for peaceful civilian use.

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