The UN nuclear watchdog’s governing board says a meeting on whether Iran should be reported to the Security Council over its atomic programme will go into a third day tomorrow.
Diplomats say haggling continues between EU countries and developing nations on the text of a resolution.Earlier they said the move was expected to be passed by a large majority.
In defiant mood, Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was this week shown on state television touring one of his country’s nuclear power plants.A day later he told a rally that atomic energy was Iran’s absolute right, and his government would “never step back from that right”.
Many Iranians share their leader’s stance, saying they would be able to cope with any sanctions that might be imposed.
EU and US leaders have faced a difficult situation, aware that Russia, China and developing countries want to avoid confrontation with Tehran, the world’s fourth largest oil exporter. Washington and Brussels are insisting that a reporting of the matter to the Security Council would not mean the end of diplomacy.