IAEA Board of Governors reports Iran's nuclear dossier to UNSC without consensus
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Feb 4, IRNA
The International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors on Saturday voted to report Iran's nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) without consensus, despite the West's attempt to reach agreement on the issue.
According to the reports received from Vienna, of 35 Board of Governors member states 27 countries voted in favor of the resolution on reporting the case to the UNSC, five gave votes of abstention and the remaining three voted against it.
Following the voting, deputy secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and spokesperson for the Iranian negotiating team, Javad Vaidi, said that resumption of full enrichment process will be the first consequence of this resolution.
He referred to it as a political move on behalf of certain countries.
The IAEA meeting in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Thursday was postponed on account of discord among the member states on referral or reporting of the case to the UNSC and inclusion of the phrase `A Middle East free from nuclear weapons', which was proposed by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member countries.
Political experts consider the Board of Governors vote, which has been given under the pressure of the US and Europe, as illegal and unlawful.
The agenda of the meeting dealt with a draft resolution through which the Board of Governors was called upon to commission the IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei to submit a report on part of Iran's nuclear activities which may deal with weapons to the UNSC.
The request was brought up by the five permanent members of UNSC along with Germany, which is one of the governments involved in Iran's nuclear issue. It was strongly opposed by Iran and NAM member countries.
The Iranian officials have threatened that if at the meeting, the Board of Governors decides to report the case to the UNSC, they will stop voluntary cooperation with the agency and will resume enrichment, which will mean the end of diplomacy.
Iran has always insisted that its nuclear activity is quite peaceful.
Meanwhile, over the past two years, the officials in charge of the UN nuclear watchdog has confirmed the peaceful nature of the program.
However, given its political motives, the US has been attempting to prove that Iran's peaceful nuclear program is meant for non-peaceful purposes.
Meanwhile, the Zionist regime which is supported by Washington, has not yet agreed to undergo inspection by the agency, despite possessing dozens of nuclear arsenals.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|