Iran hints Security Council referral will prompt uranium enrichment

[JURIST] Iran [JURIST news archive; IAEA issue backgrounder] cautioned the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] Sunday that a referral to the UN Security Council [official website] may encourage Tehran to begin uranium enrichment. Iran broke seals at a uranium conversion plant [JURIST report] in August, prompting international concern [JURIST report]. The IAEA board of governors meets Monday [press release] to vote whether to recommend Iran to the Security Council for sanctions. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said, "We haven't started (uranium) enrichment yet but everything depends on the result of tomorrow's meeting." Tehran has argued that under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [text] to which it is a party, it has a right to maintain a nuclear program and that Iran's only goal is to produce electricity, not weapons. Reuters has more.

 

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