Iran defies possible UNSC referral

Straw: Military action not an option, SEcurity Council sanctions possible.

January 13, 2006 11:18
1 minute read.
iran nuclear plant 298.88

iran nuke plant 298.88. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Iran vowed Friday to end all voluntary cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog if it is referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions over its controversial nuclear program. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Europeans will lose opportunities they currently have in dealing with Iran and Tehran would block snap inspections of its nuclear facilities, state-run television reported. "In case Iran is referred to the UN Security Council ..., the government will be obliged to end all of its voluntary cooperation," the television quoted Mottaki as saying. The statement reflected a law passed late last year that requires the government to block intrusive inspections of Iran's facilities if the UN nuclear agency refers the Iranian program to the UN Security Council. Straw said Friday that Iran could face UN Security Council sanctions for resuming its nuclear activities, but that military action is not being considered. In an interview with British Broadcasting Corp. radio, Straw said, "Obviously, if Iran failed to comply, the Security Council would then consider sanctions." Asked about the possibility of an attack on Iran, he said, "No one is talking about invading Iran or taking military action against Iran." On Thursday, Straw had said it was "highly probable" that Iran will be referred to the UN Security Council because of its nuclear program. Later that day, Straw traveled to Berlin discuss the issue with the foreign ministers of Germany and France and they announced that nuclear talks with Iran had reached a dead end after more than two years of acrimonious negotiations and the issue should be referred to the UN Security Council.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

May 26, 2019
Azerbaijan rejects safety concerns by Arsenal's Armenian midfielder