Thursday, January 12, 2006

Nuclear Fuel Management:

EU Powers Agree To Refer Iran To UN Security Council

REUTERS (BERLIN)-The European Union's (EU) three biggest powers agreed that talks with Iran over Iran's nuclear program are no longer an option and want Iran referred to the United Nations (UN) Security Council for possible sanctions. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters after meeting with British and French Foreign Ministers on 12 January 2006 that "the time has come for the Security Council to become involved to reinforce the authority of the IAEA." The agreement to refer Iran to the Security Council signals an end to the EU's 2-1/2 year diplomatic effort to convince the Islamic republic to abandon its uranium enrichment program. The EU plans to call an extraordinary IAEA board meeting soon to initiate the necessary action for UN Security Council involvement.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/print?id=1498193 (Reliability: 8)

Comment: The EU's actions follow Iran's removal of UN seals on equipment to enrich uranium at Iranian nuclear sites. Iran removed the seals at the Natanz, Pars Trash, and Farayand Technique sites ealrier this week. Iran insists its nuclear ambitions are for peaceful purposes, but the EU, along with the United States, believes Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

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