A security car passes in front of the Isfahan nuclear facility, Iran November 20, 2004. Iran is unlikely to be able to develop a nuclear bomb before 2015, the chief of Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency said on Tuesday.
The United States, France and Britain will urge the U.N. Security Council to ban the sale of missile and nuclear technology to Iran for its defiance of demands to stop uranium enrichment, diplomats said Tuesday.
The U.N. diplomats told The Associated Press that a draft resolution would commit U.N. member countries to deny entry to Iranian officials involved in developing the country’s missile or nuclear programs.
The measure also would deny most expert help provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Typical projects run by the U.N. atomic watchdog in Iran, as listed in a confidential IAEA document seen by the AP, are help in disposing of nuclear waste produced by any reactor and local radiotherapy against tumors.
One of the diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the draft was not yet public, described all three measures as moderate and narrowly focused in an attempt to win Russian and Chinese backing to punish Iran’s refusal to suspend uranium enrichment. The diplomat added that Moscow and Beijing could be formally presented with the draft as early as later this week.
Sounds to Flap that these sanctions are aimed at North Korea and Iran, targeting the possible transfer of nuclear materials and technology.
Will Russia and China go along?
Possible but no sanctions that are stronger will be acceptable.
Germany is reporting that Iran is some time away from achieving a nuclear weapon. However, this would be greatly accelerated if Russia, China and /or North Korea were to help Iran. Is this the rationale for the draft sanctions?
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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