Iran's referral to UN is not punitive: Douste-Blazy

10th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 10, 2006 (AFP) - The decision to refer Iran to the UN Security Council over its nuclear programme is "political" not "punitive," French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Friday.

PARIS, March 10, 2006 (AFP) - The decision to refer Iran to the UN Security Council over its nuclear programme is "political" not "punitive," French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Friday.

"Our aim has been political, not at all punitive," he told French radio RTL.

"The hand is being held out, negotiations are possible," he added, also reiterating Tehran's right to peaceful nuclear activity to generate power.

Douste-Blazy again urged Tehran to suspend its uranium enrichment programme, which could be used for both civil and military ends.

"Iran must respond fast, and come back to reason," the minister said.

The Security Council is to discuss the Iran dossier next week, after it was sent a report from the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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