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Nearly 90 nations have reported on Iran sanctions, Security Council told

18 December 2007 Nearly 90 Member States have reported to the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions imposed against Iran, the chairman of that panel said today.

Since 20 September, the committee has received seven documents from Member States – two reports under resolution 1737 and five combined reports under resolutions 1737 and 1747 – Belgian Ambassador Johan C. Verbeke, the committee’s chairman, told the Council in an open meeting.

“That brings the total number of reports under resolutions 1737 to 87 and the total number of reports under resolution 1747 to 71,” he said.

Adopted last December, resolution 1737 banned trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the country’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear-weapon delivery systems.

Resolution 1747 from this March further tightened the sanctions by imposing a ban on arms sales and expanding the freeze on assets.

Earlier this month, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that a recent United States intelligence report concluding that there has been no ongoing nuclear weapons programme in Iran since late 2003 tallies with its findings.

However, Mohamed ElBaradei said that Iran “still needs to clarify some important aspects of its past and present nuclear activities,” he said.

The intelligence should also “prompt Iran to work actively with the IAEA to clarify specific aspects of its past and present nuclear program as outlined in the work. This would allow the Agency to provide the required assurances regarding the nature of the programme.”

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