AEA flag in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna. The UN atomic watchdog said it would hold an emergency meeting on Iran’s nuclear program but Tehran voiced confidence it would avoid referral to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.
The governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency will hold an emergency meeting on Iran’s nuclear work on Feb. 2 at the request of European Union powers, an IAEA spokesman said on Wednesday.
France, Britain, Germany and the United States are expected to push at the session to have Tehran referred to the U.N. Security Council after it resumed research that could be used for generating electricity or make atomic bombs.
The West suspects Iran is seeking a nuclear arsenal. Tehran says its goal is to better power an energy-hungry economy.
The “EU3” group earlier on Wednesday began gauging the views of states on the IAEA’s 35-member board on a resolution asking that the IAEA, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, report Iran to the Security Council.
That drew a dismissive response from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “It is clear this is politically motivated,” he told reporters. “We are asking them to step down from their ivory towers and act with a little logic.”
Despite all of the bluster the IEAE will meet on February 2nd to decide whether to refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council.
Even if referred there is no guarantee that Russia or China would NOT use their veto power to block Iranian sanctions.
Michelle Malkin has Iran Watch:
Charles Krauthammer: The Iran Charade, Pt. II
Michael Ledeen: Do the Right Thing
Wretchard at The Belmont Club: The Coming of the Bomb. Wretchard links to the US Army Institute’s “Getting Ready for a Nuclear-Ready Iran.”