The US is to host a meeting of major world powers to discuss broadening UN sanctions against Iran. The five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany will meet in Washington on September 21. Iran denies that it is trying to develop nuclear weapons via its programme of uranium enrichment, a claim regularly repeated by the US and the West.
Gregory Schulte, the IAEA’s chief US delegate, said: “In short, if Iran really complies with its obligations to the resolutions, the United States would support the suspension of sanctions. Iran’s leaders have said that Iran’s nuclear file has closed, this is not so.”
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad told British television that his country had “no need” for an atomic bomb.
Iran has recently renewed co-operation with the UN’s nuclear watchdog. However, western diplomats have criticised the move, accusing Tehran of trying to delay further sanctions while increasing its nuclear capability.
The UN has already imposed two rounds of sanctions on Iran for failing to suspend its nuclear programme.