Iranian parliament approves bill to stop nuclear checks if referred
Iran's parliament approved a bill on Sunday to require the government to block snap inspections of its nuclear facilities if the country's nuclear case is referred to the UN Security Council


Posted Monday, November 21, 2005

  
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Iran's parliament approved a bill on Sunday to require the government to block snap inspections of its nuclear facilities if the country's nuclear case is referred to the UN Security Council.

The bill was passed with 183 yes out of a total of 197 lawmakers present.

The bill came ahead of a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday to decide whether to refer Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security council for possible sanctions.

The IAEA board of governors will discuss Iran's nuclear case based on a report submitted by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei.

The bill also obliges the government to resume uranium enrichment which Tehran suspended in November 2004 to build confidence for nuclear talks with the European Union (EU).

Iran is accused by the United States of developing nuclear weapons, a charge repeatedly denied by Tehran, which claims its nuclear programs are to generate electricity.

Iran resumed uranium conversion activities, a preparatory step for uranium enrichment, in early August, which prompted the EU to stop its nuclear talks with Tehran.

The IAEA, the UN nuclear watchdog, adopted an EU-sponsored resolution in September, urging Tehran to re-suspend all enrichment-related activities and warning a refusal will risk a referral of its case to the UN Security Council.


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