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UN Security Council draft resolution on Iran is designed to make requirements of the UN's nuclear watchdog binding for the Islamic Republic
A UN Security Council draft resolution on Iran is designed to make requirements of the UN's nuclear watchdog binding for the Islamic Republic, Russia's foreign minister said Thursday. The International Atomic Energy Agency has demanded that Iran re-impose a moratorium on its controversial nuclear research program and observe the nuclear non-proliferation regime. "We will work on a resolution that will make IAEA requirements binding for Iran," Sergei Lavrov said. Iran has said it resumed nuclear research in January to generate energy, but some Western nations and Israel suspect the country of pursuing a clandestine weapons program. The Russian minister added that the UN Security Council would give Iran enough time to "think over" the package of incentives that six international negotiators on Iran's controversial nuclear program - Russia, Germany, the United States, China, France and Britain - had submitted to Iran on June 6. "I think the time will be enough for Iran to weigh up its options and realize that the incentives of the Iran-6 do meet Iran's economic interests, its peaceful nuclear energy interests and seek to involve Iran fully in a dialogue on regional and international issues, including security," Lavrov said. On Wednesday, Lavrov also said that the Iran-6 had decided to disclose to the public the details of the nuclear proposals to Iran soon. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Iran would respond to the Iran-6 incentives by August 22. French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said at a meeting of the Iran negotiators in Paris on Wednesday that they had no alternative to passing Tehran's "nuclear file" from the IAEA to the UN Security Council because Iran had failed to respond to the incentives. He also said the Iran-6 members were convinced that the UN Security Council should adopt a resolution to oblige Iran to halt uranium enrichment. If Iran denies cooperation, the international community would have to resort to punitive measures stipulated by the UN Charter. But if Tehran chooses to resume talks, the Iran-6 will refrain from further action via the Security Council, he said. In response, Ahmadinejad said his country could review its nuclear cooperation with the West if Tehran thought it was insincere in its actions. Lavrov said the Iran-6 had been disappointed with failure of Iran's top negotiator, Ali Laridjani, to respond to the incentives, considering that Ahmadinejad had said Iran was positive about the proposals and would be ready for talks. The minister continued that Iran had been well aware that a lack of reply or negative reply would lead to the UN Security Council resuming work on an Iran resolution, which had been frozen to enable negotiations with Iran. "If we proceed from considerations of false prestige ... then it will be emotion-based diplomacy rather than well-balanced diplomacy," Lavrov said. "This cannot be done, which is why the next step of the UN Security Council must be a resolution that will back the demands the IAEA has already made on Iran."
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