Iran confirms end of cooperation with IAEA after UN referral

[JURIST] Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki [official profile] confirmed Sunday that Iran had ceased cooperating with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website], allowing the country to resume uranium enrichment without being subject to IAEA inspections. The move, ordered Saturday by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official website] by voluntarily suspending [press statement] Iran's adherence to the 1997 Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [model text, PDF; ACA fact sheet, PDF], comes in response to Saturday's IAEA vote [JURIST report] approving a UN resolution [PDF text] to report Iran to the UN Security Council over concerns with its nuclear program. Iran still plans to attend talks with Russia [MosNews report] on February 16 to discuss the possibility of moving its uranium enrichment activities to Russian territory, a move which it is hoped might convey Iran's commitment to the development of nuclear energy, not nuclear weapons. AP has more.

 

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