دوشنبه ۲۸ اسفند ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۰۱:۰۳
US Tries to Refer Iran to Security Council
Next week the IAEA's board of governors meet in Vienna to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme. They are expected to reach a decision about how to deal with Tehran’s uranium enrichment activities. While US insists on referring Iran to the Security Council Europe has given Iran another opportunity to comply with its commitments in this respect. On Wednesday, the British government set a November ultimatum for Iran to suspend all activities related to production of enriched uranium, which can be potentially used in making nuclear weapons. If Iran does not comply by the deadline, then Europe will also push for Iran’s case to go the U.N. Security Council.
This development comes after weeks of back and forth diplomatic moves and shifts in positions. Recently, Iran said it will resume enrichment activities, a move, which rang alarm bells in Europe and the U.S. As Europeans tried to find away to convince Tehran to comply with previous agreements, the U.S. intensified its calls for Iran’s case to be referred to the U.N. Security Council.
In a telephone interview with the Reuters news agency, John Bolton, US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and Security, referring to the British announcement, said there has been no agreement between the US and Europe on this issue and that the US position on this is different. Washington wants Iran to be referred to the Security Council he said.
Iranian officials accuse the U.S. of using every opportunity to try to send the case to the Security Council. Tehran has tried very hard in the past week to convince the European countries not to go along with the U.S. position. The IAEA board will start its periodic meeting next week in Vienna, where Iran’s case will be examined and a decision made about how to deal with Tehran’s uranium enrichment activities.