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IAEA decides to report Iran to UNSC
www.chinaview.cn 2006-02-05 00:22:44

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     VIENNA, Feb. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors adopted a resolution to report the Iranian nuclear issue to the U.N. Security Council during its extraordinary meeting here Saturday.    

IAEInternational Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei (L) and the chairman of the board of governors, Yukiya Amano, sit at the beginning of a board of governors meeting in the U.N. nuclear watchdog's Vienna headquarters February 4, 2006. (Xinhua/AFP)A chairman Yukiya Amano (L) talks to Iranian ambassador to IAEA Ali Asgar Soltanieh (R) before a board of governors meeting in Vienna Feb. 4. [AFP]


    The resolution, which was submitted by France, Germany and Britain, was approved with an overwhelming majority from the IAEA decision-making body. Of the 35 members on the IAEA Board of Governors, 27 voted yes, three voted no and five abstained.

    A Vienna-based diplomat said Cuba, Venezuela and Syria voted against the resolution, while Algeria, Belarus, Indonesia, Libya and South Africa abstained.      

    According to the rules of IAEA, if a draft resolution cannot be passed unanimously, a vote should be taken and adoption merely needs a simple majority.

    While urging Iran to take "confidence building measures," the resolution "deems it necessary" for Iran to take some steps like:

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    -- "re-establish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, to be verified by the Agency (IAEA);"

    -- "reconsider the construction of a research reactor moderated by heavy water;"

    -- "ratify promptly and implement in full the Additional Protocol;"

    -- "pending ratification, continue to act in accordance with the provisions of the Additional Protocol which Iran signed on Dec. 18, 2003."

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