IAEA resolution rebukes Iran

18 June 2004
The UN nuclear watchdog agency censured Iran for past cover-ups in a resolution adopted ON 18 June, and warned Tehran to co-operate fully if it wants an investigation of suspect activities to end.

Tehran warned it might respond to the resolution by reconsidering plans to suspend its uranium enrichment.

The resolution submitted by France, Germany and Britain, was a product of days of diplomatic negotiations by the 35-member board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The IAEA did not hand down sanctions against the country or refer the issue to the UN Security Council.

The document, passed by consensus, 'deplores' that 'Iran's cooperation has not been as full, timely and proactive as it should have been. It notes 'with concern that after almost two years' since Iran's undeclared program came to light that 'a number of questions remain outstanding.'

Hours before the resolution was adopted, Washington accused Tehran of bulldozing sites to prevent discovery of evidence of a nuclear weapons program.

Tehran has said its nuclear program is for generating electricity, but Washington claims it is for making weapons. Iranian delegate Emir Zamaninia told the meeting the tone of the resolution was affected by 'wild and illusionary allegations of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program.'

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