Thursday, March 11, 2004

"In breach of its obligations for many years"

Iran is accusing the US of "bullying" the IAEA in to passing a UN resolution "censuring Tehran over its nuclear programme."

Iran has accused the US of "bullying" the UN's nuclear watchdog into drafting a resolution censuring Tehran over its nuclear programme.

Iran's foreign minister warned that Tehran may end co-operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency if Europe did not resist the US.

Kamal Kharrazi also insisted Iran would resume its uranium enrichment programme after resolving its case with the IAEA.

IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei warned such a move could prove very damaging.

"Iran has been in breach of its (nuclear non-proliferation) obligations for many years and we need to build confidence," Mr ElBaradei said.

"I think suspension is a confidence-building measure and, as I said, Iran needs to do everything possible right now to create the confidence required."

I find it interesting that ElBaradei himself admits that "Iran has been in breach of its (nuclear non-proliferation) obligations for many years" and yet no one is doing anything about it.


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