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EU draft resolution calls for Iran referral to Security Council

[JURIST] France, Britain and Germany circulated a draft resolution on Iran among key members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] on Wednesday calling for a referral to the UN Security Council. The resolution, if accepted by the nuclear watchdog, would open the possibility of sanctions against Iran [JURIST news archive] and calls on Iran to "clarify questions" over its restarted nuclear program [IAEA backgrounder]. The draft resolution comes a week after the three European countries decided to join the United States [JURIST report] in calling for the Iranian government to explain to the IAEA why it recently decided to restart its uranium enrichment program [JURIST report], which could enable Iran to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has threatened [JURIST report] to block nuclear inspections if it referred to the Security Council. The draft resolution will be considered by the IAEA board of governors at an emergency meeting [Reuters report] on Iran scheduled for February 2. Reuters has more.

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