European powers are preparing a draft resolution demanding that Iran be referred to the UN security council despite hints from Tehran of a willingness to compromise over its nuclear programme.
During a visit to Germany, France’s Prime Minister, Dominique de Villepin called for the greatest possible consensus before taking action against the country. The French leader said: “Angela Merkel has mentioned the question of the Security council. Today we can’t rule out that option. It’s true that numerous signals have been addressed to Iran – in vain and therefore we must ensure that the demands on the part of the international community be respected.” The International Atomic Energy Agency has agreed to an extraordinarry meeting on February 2 at which the draft resolution will be presented.But in the meantime Russia has put forward a new proposal.Moscow suggests Tehran enters talks with the security council but on an informal basis. Earlier, while Iran’s leaders reiterrated their right to nuclear research, the country’s nuclear negotiators signalled a wish to lower the temperature.A spokesperson said that searching for a technical solution to Iran’s nuclear programme rather than a political one would be the way forward.