Iran constitutional council OKs bill to block nuclear inspectors

[JURIST] Iran's conservative Guardian Council [official website] Saturday approved the constitutionality of a bill designed to prevent inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] if Iran is reported to the UN Security Council [official website] for potential sanctions. The lower house of Iran's parliament approved the bill [JURIST report] two weeks ago, which will now become law if signed by the president. IAEA members agreed [JURIST report] last Thursday to allow Iran to send uranium to Russia for enrichment rather than refer Iran to the Security Council. The Security Council previously announced [PDF text] that Iran was in non-compliance with saftey standards required by the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [text]; Iran maintains that it is not attempting to develop weapons, and that it have a right to enrich uranium for energy purposes. AP has more.

 

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