UN nuclear watchdog to issue report on Iran soon
The UN nuclear watchdog will release its crucial report on Iran by Feb end, just before a meeting that could urge UN action against Iran's nuke programme.Updated: Feb 18, 2006 11:45 IST
The UN nuclear watchdog will release its crucial report on Iran at the end of February, a week ahead of a meeting that could urge UN action against Iran's nuclear programme, diplomats said on Friday.
"The report should be coming out by February 27 or 28," a diplomat close to the watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency said, in a first indication of exactly when the confidential report would be distributed to the agency's 35-nation board of governors.
The report is for a meeting in Vienna March 6 of the IAEA board that will decide whether to ask the UN Security Council to take action against Iran over nuclear activities, which the United States says, hide secret atomic weapons work.
Iran this week began small-scale uranium enrichment work, defying the IAEA's call for it to suspend this activity, which can make nuclear reactor fuel or atom bomb material.
Uranium enrichment is seen as a red line by the United States and European Union in the dispute over Iran's nuclear program, as it is the so-called "breakout capacity" for making atomic weapons.
The IAEA board had voted February 4 to report Iran to the UN Security Council but put off until after the March 6 meeting any UN Security Council action in order to give time for diplomacy.
The board passed a resolution that made it a requirement to "immediately thereafter (the March 6 board meeting) convey" a report and assessment by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Iran to the Security Council.
First Published: Feb 18, 2006 02:51 IST