Tehran has been warned that it faces possible sanctions if it continues with its controversial nuclear activities. UN seals at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant have been removed. But Iran insists it only wants to generate power.
“We are consulting with our European friends and others about how to move forward to any resumption of enrichement and reprocessing activities would be a further violation of the Paris agreement,” said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. Russia wants dialogue to continue. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for a moratorium on uranium enrichment: “We are taking active measures together with the Iranian side in order to keep this moratorium effective during the period of negotiations. We are co-ordinating our actions with our European partners Germany, Great Britain and France,” he said. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom was critical of Iran’s motives. “The Iranians are showing us that they have never abandoned their dream to develop a nuclear bomb, and I think that what is needed today is to take the right decision and to move the Iranian case to the UN Security Council and then to take the resolution to impose sanctions,” he said. Iran’s nuclear activity has put its relations with the main European leaders in jeopardy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Teharn has crossed a political line. “The three foreign ministers of the European Union, France, Britain and Germany, are in continuous talks about this point and what we could do about it. Elbaradei had some very serious words and those foreign ministers will be consulting with each other when there are any new developments on the issue,” she said. The United States has tried for more than a year to persuade the IAEA to refer Iran to the Security Council. Iran has vast oil supplies. It’s feared access could be jeopardized in the event of an international disagreement. The IAEA Board of Governors could hold an emergency meeting as early as next week to assess the situation.