US, UK, France 'have draft UN resolution on Iran'

3rd May 2006, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2006 (AFP) - US, British and French diplomats have drafted a binding UN Security Council resolution requiring Iran to stop critical nuclear activities, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2006 (AFP) - US, British and French diplomats have drafted a binding UN Security Council resolution requiring Iran to stop critical nuclear activities, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

However Russia and China, which are major trading partners with oil-rich Iran, are resisting the resolution, the Times reported, quoting officials involved in the negotiations.

The three nations will introduce the resolution in New York on Wednesday or Thursday, Nicholas Burns, the number three in the US State Department and the point man in the US diplomatic effort on Iran, told the newspaper.

"The Security Council has no option but to proceed under Chapter 7," said Burns, referring to a passage in the UN Charter that would open the way for sanctions and possibly even force as a way to freeze its activities.

Burns spoke in Paris after envoys from the top five UN powers, plus Germany, failed to agree on measures to take on Iran for failing to comply with a UN demand to halt uranium enrichment.

The United States, backed by Britain, France and Germany, fear Iran is on the path to building a nuclear arsenal under cover of developing atomic energy.

Tehran insists its nuclear program is merely for peaceful purposes.

The Security Council is scheduled to discuss Iran's nuclear program on Wednesday, said Congolese Ambassador Basile Ikouebe, the council president for the month of May.

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