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Security Council to take up Iran issue: US

A State Dept official said UN Security Council will intervene "quite actively" in Iran unless the country suspends its N-activities.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 10:50 IST

Unless Iran executes a dramatic about-face and suspends all its nuclear activities, the UN Security Council will intervene "quite actively," a senior State Department official has said.

The message to Iran is that it has "crossed the international red line" and engaged in unacceptable enrichment activity "and there must be a UN Security Council process to deal with that," Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said.

Burns did not say what the United States would ask the Security Council to do. While the Bush administration takes a stern line toward Tehran it might not be able to persuade other nations to impose economic or other penalties on Iran.

The UN nuclear watchdog agency, which voted to refer the dispute to the Security Council, will reaffirm its stance this week "unless Iran does a dramatic about-face and suspends all of its nuclear activities," Burns said at the Heritage Foundation, a private research group.

His remarks followed a State Department spokesman's dismissal of reports an eleventh-hour compromise might be struck over Iran's nuclear programme.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 05:14 IST