Ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting of the UN Security Council’s five permanent members plus Germany, US Under-Secretary of State Nicholas Burns has suggested there will be agreement to set legally-binding conditions on Iran restricting its pursuit of nuclear technology.
“I think what you see unfold is that the European governments, those that are permanent members of the UN security council, would put forward, following today’s discussion, some form of a chapter seven resolution, and that resolution would probably ask Iran to suspend its nuclear activities”, he said. Today Iran announced it had enriched uranium to 4.8 per cent, the industry standard for civil electricity generation. Bombs need 80 per cent enriched uranium. However, Iran confirmed it would begin installing enough enrichment equipment later this year, say experts, to produce a bomb within 12 months.