UPI: Sponsors circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution on Iran Friday evening, calling on Tehran to immediately suspend uranium enrichment activities. United Press International
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 30 (UPI) — Sponsors circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution on Iran Friday evening, calling on Tehran to immediately suspend uranium enrichment activities.
The six-page measure distributed by Britain, France and Germany called for compliance with the council resolution from earlier this year calling for compliance by Aug. 31.
The draft says Iran must “suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development” and to “without delay implement in full” provisions of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’s Additional Protocol, with transparency measures.
It calls for supply, travel and technology transfer bans and freezing of assets on individuals and entities related to nuclear and ballistic missile research. But there are some exceptions, including one involving a nuclear plant at Bushehr the Russians are helping Iran build.
Unique to the current draft is a paragraph calling for the prohibition of “specialized or training of Iranian nationals, within their territories or by their nationals, of disciplines which would contribute to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”
Diplomats at the United Nations who have told United Press International they expect negotiations on the draft resolution to take weeks, also wonder aloud to what degree the education element is enforceable.
The purpose of such a resolution is spelled out in paragraphs 17-18, which say that should Iran comply with U.N. nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency, it would “contribute to a diplomatic, negotiated solution that guarantees Iran’s nuclear program is for exclusively peaceful purposes.”
Discussions on the draft, currently being held at the level of the veto-bearing permanent five members of the council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — are expected to begin with the full panel of 15 Monday.