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Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki (file photo) (Fars)
5 February 2006 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki confirmed today that Iran has halted all voluntary cooperation with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The announcement means Iran has ended its suspension of uranium enrichment and will no longer allow snap IAEA inspections of its nuclear facilities.
The move came one day after the board of the IAEA voted to report Iran to the UN Security Council, a move that could lead to possible sanctions. But the board put off any action until the next IAEA meeting on 6 March.
Also today, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hamid Reza Assefi, said Iran will hold new talks with Moscow on a proposal to enrich Iranian uranium in Russia.
(AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)
On 2 February, the 35-member Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency began discussing a draft resolution aimed at referring the matter of Iran's nuclear program to the United Nations Security Council. The key section of the resolution is Section 1, which states that the Board of Governors:
Underlines that outstanding questions can best be resolved and confidence built in the exclusive peaceful nature of Iran's program by Iran responding positively to the calls for confidence building measures which the Board has made on Iran, and in this context deems it necessary for Iran to:
- reestablish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and processing activities, including research and development, to be verified by the Agency;
- reconsider the construction of a research reactor moderated by heavy water;
- ratify promptly and implement in full Additional Protocol;
- pending ratification, continue to act in accordance with the provisions of the Additional Protocol with Iran signed on 18 December 2003;
- implement the transparency measures, as requested by the Director General, which extend beyond the former requirements of the Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol, and include such access to individuals, documentation relating to procurement, dual use equipment, certain military-owned workshops and research and development as the Agency may request in support of its ongoing investigations.
THE COMPLETE TEXT: To read the complete text of the resolution, click here.
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