UN agency rebukes Iran for “defying demands over nuclear programme”

Friday, September 14, 2012
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano attending a news
conference in Vienna, September 10, 2012 [Photo: UNifeed] 
Washington: The UN's nuclear watchdog agency on Thursday passed a resolution rebuking Iran for defying demands to curb uranium enrichment and for operating its suspicious nuclear program. 
The resolution has expressed “serious concern” and global threat about Iran’s continued “enrichment” of uranium and its heavy-water activities.

Only Cuba voted against the resolution. Three countries, including Egypt, abstained, according to diplomats who took part in the closed-door meeting at International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna.

The US envoy has accused Iran of “systematically demolishing” Parchin facility.

Nations like United States, Israel believe Iran is intent on building an atomic bomb. Tehran has said its nuclear board member nations, was proposed by the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany.

The U.S. deputy ambassador to the IAEA, Robert Wood, said the resolution steps up pressure on Iran.activities were purely for peaceful purposes.

The latest resolution also calls on Tehran to let nuclear inspectors into specific areas within the Parchin military complex, where the IAEA suspects Iran conducted tests a decade ago related to nuclear weapons.

More than two-thirds of the IAEA's 35 have supported the resolution, passed by the UN nuclear agency. 
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