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Iran threatens to quit nuclear treaty if referred to UN Security Council

[JURIST] Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani [Wikipedia profile] said Tuesday that Iran would consider quitting the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) [PDF text; IAEA backgrounder] if the US or EU takes Iran before the UN Security Council over "breaches" of international atomic safeguards. The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] is meeting in Vienna this week and one of the items on its agenda [IAEA statement] is Iran's implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement. The EU circulated a draft resolution [Reuters report] Tuesday that would report Iran to the Security Council for violating its obligations, but Iran said Tuesday that if negotiators deal with the county "in the language of humiliation, threat or introduce the so-called trigger mechanism or take it to the United Nations Security Council" this will prompt Tehran to withdraw from the NPT and resume uranium enrichment. AFP has more. IRNA has local coverage. The IAEA has background on Iran's nuclear activities.

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