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UN Security Council members up pressure on Iran

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UN Security Council members up pressure on Iran


There is satisfaction in Washington after the five permanent members of the UN Security Council agreed that Iran should be referred to the body over its nuclear programme. They have called on the United Nations atomic watchdog, the IAEA, to transfer the Iranian dossier to the Council.

Britain’s ambassador to the UN has also welcomed the unity among the permanent members, who have significantly differed on how to deal with Tehran in the past. They have said the Security Council should however wait until March to take up the case to allow the IAEA to release a full report on Iran’s nuclear activities. But Tehran has warned that any referral would mean the end of diplomacy and cooperation with the IAEA, as well as a resumption of uranium enrichment, which can be used in atomic weapons. Russian and Chinese diplomats are due to fly to Tehran to try to persuade the government to answer the UN nuclear body’s concerns. Meanwhile Iranians have been demonstrating against the international pressure and declaring they have a right to a peaceful atomic energy programme.
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