Iranian university teachers have demonstrated in Tehran, demanding their country’s right to carry out nuclear research.This after the the UN Security Council’s five permanent members agreed that its atomic energy watchdog should report to the council this week on what Iran must do to cooperate with the agency.
Iran’s nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, responded by saying that any referral or reporting of Iran’s dossier to the Security Council would be the end of diplomacy.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said being reported and not referred meant the nuclear watchdog could still be involved. But he says a clear message has been sent.
“Iran faces a very clear choice: it can either come into compliance with itsinternational obligations, or the international community is going to become increasingly concerned about Iran and the direction of its policy,” he said.“And that is heightened obviously by some of the things the President of Iran has been saying recently. It’s heightened by the fact that people know that Iran is sponsoring and supporting terrorism in different parts of the world.”
Iranians in the UK last night protested against their home country’s policiesoutside the London venue where the talks on Iran took place. Russia and China, meanwhile, have announced new diplomatic missions to Tehran.