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German diplomat: EU not to refer Iran's case to SC

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Sept 22, IRNA
A German diplomat said here Thursday that the European Union has backed off from its attempt to refer Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council in the current Board of Governors session.

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Germany to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Herbert Honsowitz, told IRNA that the move was made by the EU due to some considerations.

"There are still some complicated issues regarding Iran's nuclear activities which should be made clear," he added.

Meanwhile, another European diplomat told IRNA that the EU draft resolution, which has been presented to the Board of Governors, has suggested that referral of Iran's case to the UN Security Council would be discussed in the next session.

The draft has stressed that the issue of referring Iran's case will be reviewed in the next session if Iran may not comply with requests by the IAEA and the International Community by then.

Diplomatic sources at the IAEA also told IRNA that the EU, in the present stage, has reconsidered its stiff stand on Iran and is trying to back off from its attempt to report Iran's case to the UN Security Council.

A senior Iranian diplomat said here Thursday that referral of Iran's case to the UN Security Council has no legal or technical bases.

It is only a political move and therefore has been faced with serious opposition by several members of the IAEA Board of Governors, he added.

Welcoming the new EU move, he said, "Intensification of the crisis will neither benefit Iran nor the EU states".

Both Iran and the EU should refrain from a win-lose game and follow the win-win one, he said stressing, "Settlement of the crisis would benefit both sides.

"We believe that not only there is no need for reporting Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council, but also the verbal threat by the Security Council will follow the same consequences. We should not let the crisis be further complicated by making such claims."
The EU earlier in the week had been calling overtly for immediate referral to the Council but this was opposed by Russia, China and non-aligned nations on the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors, which is meeting in Vienna this week.

A Western diplomat said the climb down in calling this week for Iran to be taken to the Security Council for what the United States charges is a secret program to develop nuclear weapons was due to Russia's stiff opposition to the move.



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