As the United Nations Security Council prepares to discuss the Iranian nuclear dossier, Britain’s Foreign Minister Jack Straw has outlined the strategy he believes the international community should adopt.
“First, our objective is to exert the pressure needed so that Iran restores a full, verifiable suspension of all enrichment-related and reprocessing activity and co-operates in full with the Agency,” he said, speaking to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.
“Second, action taken by the Security Council should be incremental, one step at a time, and it should also be reversible so that we can respond to Iranian actions and reactions.
“We should leave the door open for negotiations with Iran to resume at any stage.” However the latest news from Iran has done nothing to ease tension. Its energy minister is reported to have said work to build another nuclear plant will begin within six months. Tehran has said it is still interested in a Russian compromise solution to its dispute with the West. Further talks are planned although Moscow’s patience may be running out.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has been quoted as saying he is “extremely disappointed” with the way Iran is behaving in the course of the negotiations.
The United Nations Security Council is due to consider the Iranian issue this week. It comes after the Islamic Republic failed to persuade the UN’s nuclear watchdog that its atomic work is purely peaceful.