BBC: Iran warns against UN rebuke


Richard Moore


Iran warns against UN rebuke 

Iran has threatened to stop nuclear inspectors carrying out
snap checks if a threat to report the country to the UN
Security Council is carried out.

On Saturday the UN's nuclear watchdog approved a resolution
paving the way for Tehran to be reported to the body, which
could impose sanctions.

The decision by Iran to resume uranium enrichment has
triggered a crisis.

Tehran insists its nuclear programme is purely for peaceful
purposes and not to produce nuclear arms as the US alleges.

The resolution setting in motion a procedure that could lead
to sanctions was passed by the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) on Saturday.

Submitted by Britain, France and Germany, it called on the
agency's board to consider reporting Iran - at an unspecified
date - to the Security Council.

It says Tehran's "many failures and breaches" over
international nuclear safeguards "constitute non-compliance"
with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Failure to comply with the NPT is automatic grounds for a
report to the Security Council, under IAEA rules.

Twelve members of the agency's board abstained.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki rejected the vote,
branding it, "political, illegal and illogical".

The head of the IAEA, Mohammed ElBaradei, has said there is
still room for diplomacy.

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Published: 2005/09/26 19:41:21 GMT 


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