Iran: Inspections end if we are referred to UNSC

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January 31, 2006 22:26

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said late Tuesday that Iran would begin blocking snap inspections of its facilities by U.N. monitors as of Saturday if Tehran is reported to the U.N. Security Council. Speaking on Iranian television, Mottaki was anticipating a session of the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board of governors in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday, where Iran's nuclear program may be reported to the Security Council. "Reporting or referring Iran to the UN Security Council is of equal weight. If it happens, the government will be required under the law to end the suspension of all nuclear activities it has voluntarily halted," Mottaki said. "The first victim will be the the additional protocol (intrusive inspections). If it happens, Iran will definitely terminate its cooperation (with the IAEA) as of Saturday, February 4," he said.


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