Call for report on Teheran's compliance

UNITED NATIONS: The E.U.-3 France, Britain and Germany introduced a draft resolution on the Iranian nuclear issue to the Security Council on Thursday, calling on Iran to suspend all enrichment-related activities.

The resolution urges Iran to ``suspend all enrichment-related activities, including research and development, to be verified by the IAEA, and suspend the construction of a reactor moderated by heavy water.''

Informal consultations

The draft also requests the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to submit a report by August on the process of Iranian compliance with the steps required by the IAEA board and with the provisions of the resolution, to the IAEA Board of Governors and the Security Council.

The E.U.-3 circulated the draft among members of the Security Council who held informal consultations on Iran in the morning but reached no agreement. The E.U.-3 was pressing the Council to make a decision on the draft by the end of this week or no later than next week, said a diplomat at the U.N. headquarters.

The United States and some of its allies accuse Iran of working on highly enriched uranium and plutonium which are essential materials for making nuclear weapons. Teheran has insisted on its right to develop a peaceful nuclear programme aimed at generating electricity only.

E.U. foreign policy chief Javier Solana had on June 6 offered Iran a package of incentives agreed on by the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany, including advanced technology and possibly even nuclear research reactors if Teheran suspended enrichment. Frustrated by Iran, which refrained from giving a response to the offer, the six countries agreed on July 12 to return Iran's nuclear issue to the Security Council. Xinhua