Wednesday, September 29, 2004

"New mechanisms"

Iran is trying to rally Europe against the US:

The Iranian government is urging European officials to establish "new mechanisms" for verifying that Tehran is not developing nuclear weapons, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in an interview Tuesday.

He said the goal of any agreement with key European countries was to prevent the Bush administration from taking the issue to the United Nations Security Council — a move that could lead to punitive measures, including sanctions or, conceivably, military action against Iran.

Kharrazi made it clear that he hoped to enlist the Europeans to "help the process to be continued inside" the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. body responsible for monitoring compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Iran hopes the IAEA will eventually decide that it is in full compliance with the treaty and end concerns that the country is seeking to divert enriched uranium to build a nuclear weapon.

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