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. Timeline of Iran nuclear stand-off
WASHINGTON, March 3 (AFP) Mar 03, 2008
The United Nations Security Council was set to tighten sanctions on Iran Monday in its latest bid to force Tehran to suspend its suspect uranium enrichment.

Herewith are key dates in the crisis:


-- January: US President George W. Bush accuses Iran, along with Iraq and North Korea, of forming an "axis of evil."

-- August: Iranian exiles say Tehran has built nuclear plants without informing the United Nations.

-- December: Satellite photos reveal the existence of sites; Iran agrees to inspections by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, insisting its nuclear work is only for legitimate energy needs.


-- February: IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei travels to Iran with a team of experts.

-- August: A UN report says traces of enriched uranium have been found at an Iranian site.

-- October: After talks with Britain, France and Germany, Iran agrees to suspend uranium enrichment and to sign an additional protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, allowing tougher inspections.


-- June: The IAEA complains Iran is not providing "full, timely and pro-active" cooperation with inspectors.

-- November: Iran agrees to suspend uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities while new talks are under way with Britain, France and Germany.


-- August: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is installed as Iranian president. Iran resumes uranium conversion activities and the EU breaks off talks.

-- September: The IAEA finds Iran in violation of the NPT and says it reserves the right to send the case to the Security Council.


-- January: Iran breaks IAEA seals at its Natanz nuclear research facility; the following month it resumes uranium enrichment there.

-- July: The UN Security Council demands Iran halt work on nuclear fuel, threatening sanctions for the first time.

-- December: The UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions on Iran's trade in sensitive nuclear materials and technology. Iran vows to press ahead with enrichment.


-- January: Iran says it has blocked entry to 38 IAEA inspectors in retaliation for sanctions.

-- February: The IAEA says Iran has expanded its work.

-- March: The UN Security Council adopts further sanctions, while offering more incentives to end the nuclear stand-off.

-- April: Ahmadinejad says Iran can produce nuclear fuel on an industrial scale.

-- October: Ali Larijani resigns as top Iranian negotiator and is replaced by Deputy Foreign Minister Said Jalili.

-- November: the IAEA finds that while Iran has been telling the truth about key aspects of its past nuclear activities, its knowledge of Tehran's current nuclear activities is diminishing.

-- December: The US National Intelligence Estimate on Iran says Tehran abandoned a project to develop nuclear weapons in 2003 and has not resumed it.


-- January: World powers reach agreement on a new UN resolution against Iran. The IAEA and Iranian leaders agree to a four week deadline for Iran to clear up remaining questions on its nuclear program.

-- February: The UN atomic watchdog says it has made "quite good progress" in its probe, but is still not in a position to offer a verdict on Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

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