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UNSC will wait for IAEA report on Iran

Diplomats said that the members would like to give time to IAEA chief Mohammed Elbaradei to persuade Iran.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 08:37 IST

The divisions among the members of the UN Security Council over its response to Iran's announcement on uranium enrichment has prompted the 15-member body to consider the issue only after IAEA report on Tehran's compliance to the demand that it stop all nuclear programmes.

Diplomats said that the members would like to give time to International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohammed Elbaradei to persuade Iran and report back before taking any action.

The Council had asked Iran to comply to the UNSC directives to re-establish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment related and reprocessing activities by April 28.

There is no reason for it to consider the issue before the timeline expires, a senior diplomat said.

Elbaradei has already arrived in Tehran and will hold talks with Iran's chief negotiator on the nuclear issue, Ali Larijani and the vice president of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Gholamreza Aghazadeh.

On Tuesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Tehran has succeeded in enriching uranium on a small scale for the first time.

The Security Council had given it until April 28 to cease all activities in this area.

The rationale behind major powers not rushing to an immediate action on Iran's announcement might be that Tehran would take years to make an actual nuclear weapon, diplomats added.

But they agreed that Iranian action was in defiance of the Council statement which had called on it to end uranium enrichment activities.