Friday, March 10, 2006

Two Week Deadline for Iran?

Agence France-Presse, ABC News:
The United States and Europe want the United Nations Security Council to give Iran a two-week deadline to halt suspect nuclear work, a draft text for Council action obtained by AFP says. The draft says the UN Security Council should "call upon Iran without delay: to re-establish full, sustained and verifiable suspension of all enrichment related and reprocessing activities".

It also says the UN nuclear watchdog chief should "report to the Council within 14 days on the implementation by Iran of the actions it has requested". READ MORE

The draft, which was written by European states on the Security Council, marks the beginning of the process by Council members to agree on a presidential statement and which could extend past next week, diplomats told AFP.

The Council is to meet next week in response to Iran's defiance of the watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) call on Tehran to suspend work on making what can be fuel for nuclear power reactors but also atom bomb material.

Entitled "Draft elements for Security Council action on the Iranian nuclear program," the text begins: "Security Council action is necessary to reinforce the authority of the IAEA".

A Western diplomat says there is to be a meeting in New York on Friday (local time) of the five permanent members of the Security Council and that the United States, Britain and France expected to receive reactions to their draft text from the Russians and Chinese.