EU to change text of proposed resolution to IAEA on Iran
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Vienna, Aug 9, IRNA
The European Union (EU) announced Monday its decision to change the text of a resolution draft it had earlier in the day presented to UN nuclear watchdog members on Iran's nuclear programs.
An Iranian diplomat who had attended the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting on Monday announced the news in an interview with IRNA after the session behind closed doors, adding, "The Europeans' decision to change their draft was made following receiving the latest news on Iran's move in fully resuming activities at Isfahan UCF plant."
The representatives of three NAM countries, namely South Africa, Malaysia and Cuba, on Monday evening held a session with the representatives of the EU3 (Germany, France and Britain) at Vienna headquarters of the IAEA, questioning them on the reason why they have called for IAEA Board of Governor's emergency meeting so unnecessarily.
The Iranian diplomat who did not mention his evaluation about the possible changes in EU draft resolution added, "In the text presented to the IAEA members in Monday session of the IAEA the Europeans have asked Iran to respect the articles of IAEA Board of Governors' November and September 2004 resolutions and to keep suspension of its uranium enrichment activities."
The Iranian diplomat who spoke to IRNA on condition of anonymity said, "The Western countries, under US pressure, are determined to change the text of that proposed draft to some extent to make its match with their previously adopted stands following announcement of Iran's decision to resume nuclear activities in Isfahan.
He said, "Chairman of the NAM and IAEA representative of Malaysia Jam'a Hussain announced the EU's decision on the matter at NAM's Monday evening meeting on Iran's nuclear programs "
He added, "The European IAEA envoys have also announced they need to consult their capitals on latest developments, including Iran's Monday reopening and activating of its UCF activities, and to inform the EU3 of the outcome for preparing the final draft."
Although no details on the possible axes of alterations on EU draft resolution is anticipated at IAEA yet, the diplomats here predict that the new text would have a harsher tone.
A NAM diplomat too, told IRNA here Monday evening, "NAM is waiting for the final proposed text of the European Union, and ready to adopt a decision accordingly."
The EU3 is expected to present the final draft of its proposal on Iran's nuclear programs to the Canadian head of the IAEA Board of Governors Ms. Catherine Hall before noon Tuesday, following which she would call for the convening of the board's emergency meeting to survey and pass it.
During the said session the IAEA would survey the latest developments in Iran-EU3 negotiations, notably Iran's "unchangeable decision" to reopen its Isfahan UCF Nuclear Complex, during which all IAEA members have comments on the issue, including Iran, would reflect their viewpoints before voting on the resolution.
According to IAEA diplomats the text of the above mentioned EU resolution was "too mild", and keeping in mind that Iran has fully resumed activities at its Isfahan complex and announced its decision to do the same in Natanz in due time, the new EU resolution draft would be "more severe."
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