IAEA meeting discusses Iran crisis
A special meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors was be held on Thursday in the IAEA headquarters in Vienna. The two-day emergency meeting was requested by the European troika (Britain, France and Germany) to consider a British-drafted resolution urging referral of Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council.
According to IRNA, Non-Aligned Movement members in the IAEA's governing board (Cuba, South Africa and Malaysia) presented in the meeting a statement in support of Iran. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- US, Russia, China, France and the UK-- and Germany decided at a meeting early Tuesday that the IAEA's emergency meeting should refer Iran to the UNSC for its nuclear programs.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani said on Wednesday, "We will consider any referral or reporting of Iran to the Security Council over its nuclear case as the end of diplomacy." He told reporters after his meeting with the visiting Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf Bin Alawi, "This would not be positive at all for the European countries and the Board of Governors of the agency,"
Iran has repeatedly announced that it would implement a Majlis November 20, 2005 approval to stop implementation of the additional protocol and halt all its voluntary suspensions if its nuclear case is reported or referred to the UN Security Council. "We do not like this and believe that the stronger Iran's ties with the Agency, the better it will be," Larijani said.
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