IAEA sets November deadline for Iran
The UN nuclear watchdog adopted a resolution setting a November 25 deadline for a full, definitive review of Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program, a UN nuclear agency spokeswoman told reporters. "The resolution was adopted by consensus, without a vote," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told reporters Saturday, according to AFP.
Britain, France and Germany had submitted the resolution, which was strongly opposed by non-aligned countries.
Iran regarded the draft resolution proposed by the three major European states as "politically motivated," the spokesman for the Iranian delegation to the meeting, Hossein Moussavian, said earlier.
Talking to IRNA on the sidelines of the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting in Vienna, Moussavian added the resolution paid no attention to a positive report by IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Iran's cooperation. "This is while a major part of ElBaradei`s report has been concentrated on the progress made in this respect such as solving of such issues as laser enrichment process, uranium conversion, 36 and 54 percent pollution as well as other progress achieved in P-1 and P-2 issues," he said.
The official noted that the report pointed to Iran's increasing cooperation, full access to its nuclear facilities and presentation of a clear image of Iran's nuclear activities, but all these positive developments have been referred to in the European resolution in a simple sentence "We welcome the achieved progress".
In response to a question on Iran's reaction to a request for suspension of uranium enrichment process, he said the country`s officials are to discuss and make a final decision on whether to continue temporary suspension or completely halt the process this week. (albawaba.com)
© 2004 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)