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Security Council Needed On Iran

Security Council Needed On Iran

The Iranian government and the International Atomic Energy Agency, or I-A-E-A, have reportedly agreed on a timetable for Iran to clear up questions over its nuclear program.

The U.S. representative to the I-A-E-A, Ambassador Gregory Schulte, said that "cooperation that is partial, conditional and only promised in the future is not enough. Cooperation that allows Iran to proceed developing the capacity to build nuclear weapons is also not enough."

Following repeated calls by the I-A-E-A for Iran to suspend its proliferation activities, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted two Chapter Seven resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran. Iran continues to refuse to suspend all uranium enrichment-related reprocessing and heavy-water-related activities. Members of the Security Council are discussing possible additional sanctions in response to this continuing defiance.

Nicholas Burns is U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. He says Iran's latest promises of cooperation are "a great show":

"They [the Iranian government] are trying to deflect attention from the Security Council resolution to throw us off the scent and deny us the ability to move forward in the Security Council, and that's not going to work."

Under Secretary of State Burns says the United States is willing to help Iran build a civilian nuclear power system, if Iran agrees to suspend the uranium enrichment activities that could allow it to produce a nuclear weapon. But, says Mr. Burns, "We certainly don't want to see an Iran that is violating Security Council resolutions, and arming [the terrorist organizations] Hezbollah and Hamas, and the Shia militants in Iraq, with nuclear capabilities."

Iran's foreign policy, said Mr. Burns, "is so mercurial, so violent, and so destructive that no one wants to see a government of the type. . . run by [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad in possession of nuclear weapons. It's as simple as that."