Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



US And EU To Make No Early Move Over Iranian Nuclear Programme

The IAEA board, which is to receive a report on Iran on September 3 from agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei, has called on Tehran to reinstate a suspension of nuclear fuel work. It resumed such work in early August after a hiatus since November 2004.
Vienna (AFP) Aug 25, 2005
The United States and the European Union have agreed not to seek an emergency meeting of the watchdog UN nuclear agency even if Iran fails to meet a September 3 UN deadline to suspend atomic fuel work that could be used to make nuclear weapons, diplomats said Thursday.

An emergency session of the International Atomic Energy Agency on September 6, which the United States was seeking and which could lead to the referral of Iran to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions, is "not going to take place," a senior EU diplomat told AFP in Vienna where the IAEA is based.

Russia, which has a large contract to build Iran's first nuclear reactor, had objected to holding such a special meeting ahead of a summit at United Nations headquarters in New York from September 14-16, a Western diplomat told AFP. The diplomats asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Iranian hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Russian President Vladimir Putin are to attend the summit and Russia "wanted to give room for what could happen in New York and not to miss an opportunity" for diplomacy, a the EU diplomat said.

The diplomat was speaking about efforts to get Iran to resume both the fuel suspension and talks with the EU that focus on winning guarantees that Tehran will not make nuclear weapons.

The Western diplomat said: "With the Russians dead set against it (the emergency meeting), it's not going to happen."

Diplomats said the IAEA would review Iran's compliance with the agency's request for it to stop nuclear fuel work at a regular quarterly meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors in Vienna on September 19, after the UN summit.

US spokesman in Vienna Matthew Boland refused to comment on the report.

The United States had been lobbying hard this week at IAEA headquarters for Iran to be referred quickly to the Security Council if it failed to meet the September 3 deadline, diplomats said.

The IAEA board, which is to receive a report on Iran on September 3 from agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei, has called on Tehran to reinstate a suspension of nuclear fuel work. It resumed such work in early August after a hiatus since November 2004.

The suspension paved the way for talks that began last December in which the EU sought guarantees from Iran that it does not intend to make nuclear weapons, despite Washington's claims that the country plans to do just that.

The United States had been "concerned momentum would be lost" in keeping up pressure on Iran if there was no emergency meeting but had to give in, the European diplomat said.

Non-aligned nations on the IAEA board, who were briefed by the US delegation on Thursday, had objected to holding a board meeting so soon after the report was filed.

"They complained that they wouldn't even have time to read the report and to run it by their capitals," the European diplomat said.

But a non-aligned diplomat told AFP that "in a subtle sense the move puts greater pressure on Iran since they are being given more time and if they persist with their fuel work they will be showing themselves to be unreasonable."

Diplomats and analysts warned Thursday that taking Tehran to the Security Council for possible sanctions was not a magic solution.

A confrontation could lead Iran to pull out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the non-aligned diplomat said, saying this would be a "North Korea-type situation we want to avoid."

Diplomats also said Tehran is in a stronger position than when the crisis started two years ago as the United States is bogged down militarily in Iraq and the world needs its oil.

But the Western diplomat said referral to the Council was necessary since "the Council has a legal authority the IAEA does not" as it has an enforcement role.

Non-proliferation expert Gary Samore, at London's International Institute for Strategic Studies, said the UN body would move slowly, urging Iran to comply rather than immediately imposing sanctions.

Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that Iran wanted to continue negotiations with the EU but insisted on it rights to nuclear technology used in peaceful power generation.

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.

Related Links
SpaceWar
Search SpaceWar
Subscribe To SpaceWar Express

India To Watch U.S. Laws On Nuke Transfers
New Delhi (UPI) Aug 22, 2005
India is closely watching changes to U.S. laws on restrictions to the transfer of civil nuclear energy technology to India.



Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only






Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News








The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2016 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.