Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani speaks during the opening session of the clerical body of the Assembly of Experts as former President Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (top) listens in Tehran, Iran March 7, 2006.
Reuters: UN Security Council said to meet next week on Iran
The U.N. Security Council is expected to meet on Iran next week, a senior EU diplomat said on Wednesday as nuclear watchdog governors met to debate a report on the Iranian nuclear drive that Tehran called “politicized.”
Council intervention over suspicions Iran secretly seeks atomic bombs appeared inevitable after Tehran brushed aside a reported Russian offer to allow limited nuclear research if it swore off industrial fuel production for 7-9 years.
Iran’s position has been “solid” for some time. Iran desires to continue uranium enrichment so that they can manufacture nuclear weapons.
The International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-nation board of governors reported Iran to the council a month ago and called on it to shelve uranium-enrichment work and stop stonewalling IAEA investigations into the nature of its nuclear program.
But the report by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei given to this week’s board session said Tehran had generally flouted the February 4 appeal by expanding a pilot enrichment drive, inviting Council intervention that could lead to consideration of sanctions.
The senior diplomat from the EU trio of powers Britain, France and German said the impasse in their and Russian efforts to resolve the crisis by diplomacy with Iran meant the council was expected to begin deliberations next week.
Asking not to be further identified due to the subject’s sensitivity, he said the council would work quickly to issue a “presidential statement”So, will calling on Iran to suspend all atomic fuel enrichment activity and fully cooperate with U.N. investigations into the nature of its atomic ambitions.
If Iran defies the call, the council could repeat its message with a possible threat of action if it were unheeded.
So, will Iran play the “OIL CARD?”
Or will Iran fire a military shot across America’s bow?
Oh, by the way, what the United Nations Security Council does next week is meaningless. The United States and Israel are ready and willing to enforce “NO NUCLEAR WEAPONS” for Iran.
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