Negotiators at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency agreed Friday to a draft resolution on Iran's nuclear activities that would block the country from using weapons technology. The text of the resolution, leaked to the press, demands that Iran freeze uranium enrichment activities at least until a November deadline, a requirement Iran claimed it had already begun to meet. The resolution also recognizes Iran's right to peaceful use of nuclear technology, which some feared would allow the country to continue certain enrichment-related programs. The US pushed for an earlier deadline for compliance and no acknowledgement of a right to peaceful nuclear programs, but European countries, Russia and China opposed the harsher language. The issue will be reviewed at a November meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors. The IAEA has more on nuclear issues in Iran. AP has more.
UPDATE: IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Friday that the agency has found no evidence of nuclear-related activities at a Iranian site claimed by US officials to be linked to a weapons program.
Previously on JURIST's Paper Chase...
- US says photos show Iran's nuclear bomb plans
- No proof of nuclear weapons in Iran, IAEA head says
- UN nuclear agency considering Iran resolution
- Iran likely to suspend certain nuclear activities prior to UN meeting