UN nuclear watchdog circulates report on Iran to security council

Other News Materials 24 May 2007 14:26 (UTC +04:00)

. ( UN ) - The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) circulated his latest report regarding Iran to the Security Council.

The report, entitled "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran," covers the period since IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei's previous report of 22 February.

It was also submitted today to the agency's 35-member Board of Governors, which will consider the report at its next series of meetings in Vienna starting on 11 June.

In Mr. ElBaradei's February report, he wrote that Iran has continued enriching uranium in spite of a call by the Security Council that it suspend such activities.

" Iran has not agreed to any of the required transparency measures, which are essential for the clarification of certain aspects of the scope and nature of its nuclear programme," he said in the February report, which also

noted that without greater transparency and spot checks, the agency cannot confirm that Iran's uranium enrichment activities are solely for peaceful purposes, as Tehran contends, rather than for the production of weapons.

In March, the Security Council adopted a resolution calling for the tightening of existing sanctions on Iran, the imposition of a ban on arms sales and the expansion of the freeze on assets. It also reaffirmed that

Iran must take the steps required by the IAEA's Board, which called for a full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities.

Additionally, the resolution said that Iran must ratify and implement the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty's (NPT) Additional Protocol which grants the IAEA expanded rights of access to information and sites, as well as authority to use the most advanced technologies during the verification process.