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