The full U.N. Security Council has approved a statement demanding that Iran stop enriching uranium...
John Bolton announces agreement on Security Council statement at UN headquarters, March 29, 2006
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The U.N. Security Council has approved a statement demanding that Iran stop enriching uranium.
U.N. diplomats say the full 15-member Council agreed on the statement Wednesday after concessions were made to Russia and China. Both countries had voiced concern that tough action by the Council could lead to sanctions against Iran.
The statement calls on the International Atomic Energy Agency to report back to the Council within 30 days.
Earlier Wednesday, the five permanent Security Council members (United States, Britain, France, China and Russia) agreed on the statement after several weeks of negotiations.
The statement comes on the eve of a meeting in Berlin between top diplomats of Germany, Britain, the United States, Russia, China and France.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said the statement sends a clear message to Iran that denying the existence of its alleged nuclear weapons program will not be sufficient.
The United States accuses Iran of using its uranium enrichment program to develop a nuclear bomb - a charge Tehran denies.