Time for UN Security Council to act on Iran: EU-3

12th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

BERLIN, Jan 12, 2006 (AFP) - Britain, France and Germany said Thursday the time had come for the UN Security Council to become involved in the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme.

BERLIN, Jan 12, 2006 (AFP) -  Britain, France and Germany said Thursday the time had come for the UN Security Council to become involved in the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme.

Foreign ministers of the European troika said after crisis talks here that they would ask the UN watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency to convene a special meeting to refer the matter to the highest UN body.

"We believe the time has now come for the Security Council to become involved to reinforce the authority of IAEA resolutions," they said in a statement.

"We will, therefore, be calling for an extraordinary IAEA board meeting with a view for it to take the necessary action to that end."

Britain, France and Germay have been leading more than two years of delicate negotiations with Iran to allay Western fears that it is seeking to develop a weapons programme, a charge the Islamic republic strongly denies.

Iran sparked a furious international reaction this week for breaking seals on three nuclear facilities in order to resume nuclear fuel work.

They include a site at Natanz, central Iran, where the IAEA says Tehran has indicated it wants to start "small-scale" uranium enrichment.

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said a meeting between Iran and the troika scheduled for January 18 had been called off as it "no longer has reason to take place."

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the European negotiators, which have been acting on behalf of the international community, believed their talks with Iran had reached an impasse.

"The talks with Iran are at a dead end," he told reporters at a joint press conference after the Berlin talks.

A European official speaking on the margins of the Berlin meeting said the IAEA board of governors could be convened "in the coming weeks". He refused to be more specific.

"What we want to do is use the authority and weight of the Security Council to bring home to Iran the importance of abiding the resolution of the IAEA," he said.

The official denied that the reason for taking the matter to the Security Council was for it to slap economic sanctions on Iran.

"Don't expect us to move straight to sanctions," he told AFP. "The purpose of taking this to the Security Council is to add the weight of the Council to the (IAEA) process in Vienna."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has promised that Tehran will not be intimidated by the "fuss" and said that his country would pursue its nuclear programme.

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Subject: French news

 

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