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Iran not keeping with obligations: Blair

Blair said that the international community is united in its view of Iran's nuclear activities.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 17:33 IST

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the issue of Iran's nuclear programme was referred to the UN Security Council because Tehran was not keeping its international obligations.

Blair said that the international community is united in its view of Iran's nuclear activities.

"Obligations that are entered into in the international community should be kept and if they aren't that's a serious situation and that's the reason for this discussion at the moment and the report to the Security Council," Blair said.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his Slovak counterpart Mikulas Dzurinda, Blair said "Iran should understand that the international community is of one view; that it must not breach its international atomic obligations."

"In respect to Iran, we have a very clear process (and) the atomic energy authorities made certain findings," he said.

"This is now being discussed with all partners."

On Wednesday, the 35-nation board of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency formally opened the path for action by the Security Council on Iran's nuclear programme.

Britain, France and Germany broke off talks with Iran over its nuclear programme in January after Tehran said it would resume uranium enrichment activities.

The allies pushed successfully for the IAEA's board to refer the issue to the Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions.

Blair also called Slovakia "a good friend" and a "strong and good partner in the European Union and NATO," particularly praising the role of Slovakia in Iraq.

"I'd like to pay tribute to the Slovak commitment in Iraq," Blair said.

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 17:33 IST