US warns Iran over 'unacceptable' actions
WASHINGTON (AFP) Sep 26, 2005
The United States warned Iran Monday that it must abide by international accords on nuclear programs or face possible UN sanctions if it persists in a "pattern of deception and concealment."
"It is unacceptable the way Iran is behaving. And if it does not come into compliance, then the matter is going to be referred to the United Nations Security Council," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
His comments came before Iran threatened to cease application of the additional protocol to allow nuclear inspections if the UN nuclear watchdog pursued a resolution which could take Iran before the UN Security Council.
McClellan, referring to that International Atomic Energy Agency resolution, said: "The world is saying to Iran that it is time to come clean. The world has put Iran on notice with this resolution.
"That was clearly stated in the resolution that was passed. The resolution reflects the international community's deep concern about Iran's pattern of deception and concealment. And we will not tolerate it," he said.
"We continue to support the diplomatic efforts of the Europeans to resolve this matter," he told reporters. "There is a growing majority of nations that recognize Iran's noncompliance must be addressed.
"And if they continue to fail to comply with their international obligations, then the matter is going to the United Nations Security Council," said the spokesman.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.